oa Fundamina : A Journal of Legal History - Falling on stony ground : importing the penal practices of Europe into the prisons of colonial Natal (part 1)



Extracted from text ... In Western societies, penal reform emerged at the heart of a large social consensus - in response to the convulsive passage of European economies to industrial capitalism - seeking to resolve the most dangerous social aspects of this economic disruption to the benefit of the dominant classes. In the colonies, by contrast, economic profit depended upon political despotism and the enduring antagonism between different segments of colonial society.


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