Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Social Work


Sociology, Criminology and Penology.


O'Connor, Daniel,




This paper expands current debates on governance within corrections by examining the relationship between rationales and technologies deployed in the governance of young female offenders. A detailed examination of formal corrections policies, policy manuals, and interviews with administrators and primary counsellors challenge the notion that there is a pre occupation with risk in contemporary penal practice and that risk rationales and technologies have displaced discipline as dominant strategies of governance. It is certainly true that the logic of risk is present in both discourse and practice and that their development has added a new dimension to the governing process. However, the extent to which risk practices have overtaken disciplinary strategies is less certain. Various heterogeneous elements need to be examined when attempting to understand the complexity of the governing process. While several studies show that risk rationales currently guide correctional practice, the technologies of governance are not homogenous in nature nor do they only reflect one rationale. An investigation of an open custody facility in Ontario reveals an uneasy coexistence of strategies of discipline, risk and responsibilization. These findings suggest that there is a need to reflect further on the relationship between governing rationales and technologies; on the inability of one set of rationales to dominate all aspects of correctional practices.Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2002 .B35. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 41-04, page: 0969. Adviser: Daniel O'Connor. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2002.