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Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences

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David Garland
Date Published
191 pages
This book, Mass Imprisonment: Social Causes and Consequences, contains a set of papers examining the problems associated with mass imprisonment in this country.
This book contains a set of papers from leading criminologists, sociologists, and historians that examine the problems associated with mass imprisonment in the United States. The main focus of the papers is the American-style form of mass imprisonment that "involves the penal segregation of large numbers of the poor and minorities." It is argued that this form of imprisonment has "become a central institution for the social control of the urban poor, and above all for young black and Hispanic men." The book contains 13 papers that cover the following topics: 1) The causes and consequences of prison growth in the United States; 2) Fear and Loathing in late modernity: Reflections on cultural source of mass imprisonment in the United States; 3) Television, public space and prison population: A Commentary on Mauer and Simon; 4) Governing social marginality: Welfare, incarceration, and the Transformation of State Policy; 5) The Macho Penal Economy: Mass incarceration in the United States - a European perspective; 6) Novus Ordo Saeclorum?: A commentary on Downes, and on Beckett and Western; 7) Deadly Symbiosis: When Ghetto and Prison Meet and Mesh; 8) Going straight: The Story of a Young Inner-city Ex-convict; 9) Bringing the Individual Back In: A commentary on Wacquant and Anderson; 10) Imprisonment Rates and the New Politics of Criminal Punishment; 11) Unthought Thoughts: The Influence of Changing Sensibilities on Penal Policies; 12) Facts, Values and Prison Policies: A commentary on Zimring and Tonry; and 13) The Private and the Public in Penal History: A Commentary on Zimring and Tonry. Index