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Breaking the PendulumThe Long Struggle Over Criminal Justice$
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Philip Goodman, Joshua Page, and Michelle Phelps

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976058

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976058.001.0001

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Beyond the Pendulum

Beyond the Pendulum

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Breaking the Pendulum

Philip Goodman

Joshua Page

Michelle Phelps

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the implications of the agonistic perspective for teachers, researchers, practitioners, and activists interested in punishment and related topics in the United States and beyond. To illustrate the core axioms, we return to the possibilities and limitations of present-day reforms to shrink the carceral state. The book ends on an encouraging note, arguing that struggle matters greatly in determining the shape and outcome of criminal justice. People always struggle, and that contestation shapes penal development. But because it takes years—sometimes even decades—for results to materialize, scholars, pundits, and even activists downplay its importance. Breaking the Pendulum seeks to right that wrong.

Keywords:   Agonistic, penal development, struggle, axioms, contestation, conflict, reform, right on crime

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