Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

Media, Politics and Penal Reform

Influencing Women's Punishment

Authors: Birkett, Gemma

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  • Draws on research grounded in author’s experience of policymaking at Westminster and Whitehall 
  • Focuses on women’s penal policy and identifies challenges created by the social construction of the “ideal woman”
  • Provides practical methods for developing strategies to influencing politicians, the media and public
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This book examines the nature of relations between penal reform campaigners, journalists and policymakers at the crime-media nexus. With a particular focus on women’s penal policy, Birkett uncovers how reform strategies have augmented and developed under changing governments and the news media spotlight. While penal reformers have traditionally relied on the language of humanitarianism to influence the direction of policy, there remains an array of political and cultural sticking points. With a policy-focused orientation, this study provides a number of pragmatic and practical tips for those wishing to think more strategically about their ability to influence politicians, the media and the public. With unprecedented access to over thirty policy elites working around Westminster and Whitehall during the development of the Corston agenda (and beyond), this engaging and timely work exposes the triumphs and tribulations of such actors for the very first time.

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Dr Gemma Birkett is Lecturer in Criminology at City, University of London, UK.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media, Politics and Penal Reform
Book Subtitle
Influencing Women's Punishment
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-58509-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-58509-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-58508-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 205
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