Books and Articles


In Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America (2010), Steve Herbert and I analyze the origins and consequences of new urban social control tactics that regulate where people can go without risking arrest.  
In The Politics of Injustice (2000, 2004), Ted Sasson and I assess how the U.S. criminal justice system came to boast the largest prison system in the world and the consequences of that development for racial and social justice.  
 In Making Crime Pay (1997), I analyze how crime and drugs came to be seen as among the most  important problems facing the nation, and why punitive solutions to those problems were adopted despite their obvious limitations.




Katherine Beckett and Alexes Harris. 2011. “On Cash and Conviction: Monetary Sanctions as Misguided Policy.” Criminology & Public Policy 10, 3: 505-37.

Alexes Harris, Heather Evans and Katherine Beckett. 2011. “Courtesy Stigma and Monetary Sanctions: Toward a Socio-Cultural Theory of Punishment.American Sociological Review 76 (2): 234-64.

Naomi Murakawa and Katherine Beckett. 2010. “The Penology of Racial Innocence.” Law & Society Review 44, 3/4: 695-730.

Alexes Harris, Heather Evans and Katherine Beckett. 2010. “Drawing Blood from Stones: Monetary Sanctions, Punishment and Inequality in the Contemporary United States.” American Journal of Sociology 115, 6: 1753-99.

Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. 2010. “Penal Boundaries: Banishment and the Expansion of Punishment.” Law and Social Inquiry 35, 1: 1-38.

Katherine Beckett and Angelina Godoy. 2010. “A Tale of Two Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Security and Quality of Life Initiatives in New York City and Bogota.” Urban Studies 47, 2: 277-301.

Katherine Beckett and Angelina Godoy. 2008. “Power, Politics, and Penality: Punitiveness as Backlash in American Democracies.” Studies in Law, Politics and Society 45: 139-174.

Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert. 2008. “Dealing with Disorder: Social Control in the Post-Industrial City.” Theoretical Criminology 12, 8: 5-30.

Katherine Beckett, Kris Nyrop and Lori Pfingst. 2006. “Race, Drugs and Policing: Understanding Disparities in Drug Delivery Arrests.Criminology 44, 1: 105-138.

Katherine Beckett, Kris Nyrop, Lori Pfingst and Melissa Bowen. 2005. “Drug Use, Drug Possession Arrests, and the Question of Race: Lessons from Seattle.Social Problems 52, 3: 419-41.

Katherine Beckett. 2005. “Choosing Cesarean: Feminism and the Politics of Childbirth in the United States.Feminist Theory 6, 3: 251-275.

Katherine Beckett and Bruce Hoffman. 2005. “Challenging Medicine: Law, Resistance, and the Cultural Politics of Childbirth.” Law and Society Review 39, 5: 125-169.





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