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Law as Punishment / Law as Regulation

Austin Sarat, Lawrence Douglas, and Martha Merrill Umphrey


Law depends on various modes of classification. How an act or a person is classified may be crucial in determining the rights obtained, the procedures employed, and what understandings get attached to the act or person. Critiques of law often reveal how arbitrary its classificatory acts are, but no one doubts their power and consequence. This book considers the problem of law's physical control of persons and the ways in which this control illuminates competing visions of the law: as both a tool of regulation and an instrument of coercion or punishment. It examines various instances of punishm ... More

Keywords: law, punishment, regulation, state power, classification, coercion, human conduct, rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780804771702
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804771702.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Austin Sarat, editor

Lawrence Douglas, editor

Martha Merrill Umphrey, editor