Christianity and punitive mentalities: A qualitative study

  title={Christianity and punitive mentalities: A qualitative study},
  author={Kimberly J. Cook and Chris Powell},
  journal={Crime, Law and Social Change},
According to David Garland (1990) scholars should be concerned about the cultural foundations of punishment in modern western society, such as religion. To this end, Garland conceptualizes punitive mentalities and sensibilities that provide the cultural support for structural systems ofpunishment. Punitive mentalities are ways of thinking about punishment, whereas punitive sensibilities are ways of feeling about punishment. Garlandsuggests that religious traditions are an important source of… 


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