Jennifer Earl is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a courtesy joint appointment in Law and Society. She would like to thank Katrina Kimport for her research assistance and Malcolm Feeley for his comments. The author can be reached at email@example.com.
The Process Is the Punishment: Thirty Years Later
Article first published online: 22 AUG 2008
© 2008 American Bar Foundation
Law & Social Inquiry
Volume 33, Issue 3, pages 735–778, September 2008
How to Cite
Earl, J. (2008), The Process Is the Punishment: Thirty Years Later. Law & Social Inquiry, 33: 735–778. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4469.2008.00120.x
- Issue published online: 22 AUG 2008
- Article first published online: 22 AUG 2008
This essay reviews the arguments and impacts of the classic work, The Process Is the Punishment by Malcolm Feeley, originally published in 1979 and republished with a new foreword and preface in 1992. This essay examines how the book has been used in sociolegal research since 1979 by empirically tracing its citation in published work. I also examine missed opportunities where The Process Is the Punishment could still expand its impact in the literature, as well as reviewing the major arguments and criticisms of the book.