Crime, Punishment and the Prison in China

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Hurst, 2002 - Imprisonment - 441 pages
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An examination of the enormous changes in Chinese society in the first half of the 20th century through the lens of the Chinese prison system. More than a simple history of prison rules or penal administration, the text offers a social and cultural analysis of the Chinese prison system that explores the profound effects and lasting repercussions of superimposing Western-derived models of repentance and rehabilitation on traditional categories of crime and punishment.

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Frank Dikotter is Professor of Chinese Modern History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and Chair of Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. He has published a series of innovative books, including "The Discourse of Race in Modern China" and "Narcotic Culture: a History of Drugs and China.

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