Social theory and probation: exploring organisational complexity within a modernising context

Philip Whitehead

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    Abstract

    The probation system in England and Wales, an integral component of the criminal justice system for over one hundred years, has been in a state of considerable flux since the 1970s. Furthermore since New Labour came to power in 1997 probation has seen far reaching cultural transformations, a consequence of a process of modernisation which has generated organisational complexity. This being the case a textured analytical approach is required to explore but also to explain what probation has become during the previous decade. Accordingly bodies of social theory located in the work of Durkheim, Weber, Marx, and Foucault, in addition to what can be described as a Personalist ethic, will be put to work to analyse the contemporary probation domain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)15-32
    JournalSocial and Public Policy Review
    Volume4
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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