Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


deLint, Willem,




Within the latter half of the 20th century, contemporary academics have noted a significant reorientation of criminal justice policy and practice. Explanations for this reorientation have been explained by: the emergence of a postmodern penality (Feeley and Simon, 1992); the limits of the sovereign state and the culture of high crime societies (Garland, 1996, 2000); and the imposition of 'New Right' politics (O'Malley, 1999). This thesis specifically examines Feeley and Simon's proposition that a postmodern penality has emerged. It is argued that rather than a replacement of the old penology with a new penology paradigm, contemporary practices are more characteristic of a hybridization of discourse, objectives, and practices. Utilizing Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) electronic monitoring as a referent, the tenets of the old and new penology are examined. Results indicate that GPS electronic monitoring operations represent an amalgamation of both old and new penology attributes. It is suggested that while there may be an attempt to implement a new penology at macro level practice, micro level public politics may exert sufficient political pressure to coerce an amalgamation of both old and new penology ideals.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .C68. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-05, page: 1625. Adviser: Willem deLint. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.