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On the Penitentiary System in the United States and its Application to France

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Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides the first complete and literal English translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s and Gustave de Beaumont's On the Penitentiary System in the United States and Its Application to France

  • Fills a void in Tocquevillian studies and extrapolates the roots of American penal reform in the nineteenth century

  • Appeals to a growing field of scholars investigating civil society, as well as students of political science and theory, history, criminology, and political sociology

Part of the book series: Recovering Political Philosophy (REPOPH)

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Table of contents (27 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xliii
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Chapter 1: History of the Penitentiary System

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 3-24
    3. Chapter 2

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 25-55
    4. Chapter 3: Reform

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 57-81
    5. Chapter 4: Financial Part

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 83-92
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 93-93
    2. Chapter 1

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 95-97
    3. Chapter 2

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 99-119
  4. Part III: On Houses of Refuge

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 121-121
    2. Chapter 1

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 123-139
    3. Chapter 2

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 141-146
  5. Part IV: Appendices

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 147-147
    2. Appendix: On Penal Colonies

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 149-170
    3. Appendix: Alphabetical Notes

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 171-195
    4. Appendix No. 4: Agricultural Colonies

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 197-200
    5. Appendix No. 5: On Public Education

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 201-206
    6. Appendix No. 6: Pauperism in America

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 207-211
    7. Appendix No. 7: Imprisonment for Debts in the United States

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 213-214
    8. Appendix No. 8: Imprisonment of Witnesses

      • Gustave de Beaumont, Alexis de Tocqueville
      Pages 215-216

About this book

This book provides  the first complete, literal English translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s and Gustave de Beaumont’s first edition of On the Penitentiary System in the United States and Its Application to France.  The work contains a critical comparison of two competing American penitentiary disciplines known as the Auburn and Philadelphia systems, an evaluation of whether American penitentiaries can successfully work in France, a detailed description of Houses of Refuge as the first juvenile detention centers, and an argument against penal colonization. The work provides valuable insights into understanding Tocqueville as a statesman, as well as a comparative look at civic engagement in early American and French penal reform movements. The Translator’s Introduction provides historical context for understanding Tocqueville’s work in French penal reform and the major themes of the report.  The book thus fills a void in Tocquevillian studies and extrapolates the roots of American and French criminal justice systems in the nineteenth century. 

Keywords

  • Penal reform
  • Tocqueville Translation
  • Mass incarceration
  • Classic political philosophy
  • Francis Lieber
  • Criminology
  • Prison policy

Reviews

“Crime and punishment are two of the hottest topics in policy circles these days. But the public debate suffers from a neglect of how the great thinkers of the past addressed these matters. Emily Ferkaluk’s elegant translation of Tocqueville’s work on penal reform, written with his friend Beaumont, is, remarkably, the first complete literal one ever done in English. It shows that Tocqueville’s views in this area deserve as much attention as his thinking on localism and civil religion.” (Stephen Eide, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, USA)

“Tocqueville came to America to study prisons. Americans come to Tocqueville to study democracy. Now, thanks to Emily Ferkaluk's readily accessible and very reliable translation, Americans can come to Tocqueville to study what he came for. This is a very welcome addition to the English language Tocqueville corpus.” (Michael Zuckert, Nancy R. Dreux Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame, USA)

“Emily Ferkaluk’s new translation of Alexis de Tocqueville’s book on the American penitentiary system is impressive work. Ferkaluk’s engagingly erudite introduction traces the personal and historical contexts surrounding Tocqueville’s interest in carceral reform. The translation is both precise and fluid, with especially helpful, unobtrusive notes explaining historical references and linguistic nuances. The book will be of particular interest to scholars of Tocqueville, prison reform, and nineteenth-century France and America. It is highly recommended.” (Matthew W. Maguire, Associate Professor of History, DePaul University, USA)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Beaumont-sur-Dême, France

    Gustave de Beaumont

  • Metz, France

    Alexis de Tocqueville

About the authors

Emily Katherine Ferkaluk is Instructor of Political Science at Cedarville University, USA. She received her M.A. and Ph.D from the University of Dallas.  Her research interests include a study of Alexis de Tocqueville's discussion of American religion, politics, and penal institutions; motherhood and politics; and questions of constitutional law.

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eBook USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-319-70799-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)