The Oxford History of the Prison

The Oxford History of the Prison : The Practice of Punishment in Western Society

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In The Oxford History of the Prison, a team of distinguished scholars offers a vivid account of the rise and development of this critical institution. The authors trace the persistent tension between the desire to punish and the hope for rehabilitation, recounting the institution's evolution from the rowdy and squalid English jails of the 1700s, in which prisoners and visitors ate and drank together; to the sober and stark nineteenth-century penitentiaries, whose inmates were forbidden to speak or even to see one another; and finally to the "big houses" of the current American prison system, in which prisoners are as overwhelmed by intense boredom as by the threat of violence. The text also provides a gripping and personal look at the social world of prisoners and their keepers over the centuries. In addition, thematic chapters explore in-depth a variety of special institutions and other important aspects of prison history, including the jail, the reform school, the women's prison, political imprisonment, and prison and literature.show more

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  • Hardback | 503 pages
  • 195.58 x 248.92 x 45.72mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 pp colour plates, numerous halftones, bibliography
  • 0195061535
  • 9780195061536

About Norval Morris

About the Editors: Norval Morris is the Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Chicago. His numerous books include The Brothel Boy and Other Parables of the Law and Between Prison and Probation. David J. Rothman is Professor of History, Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine, and Director of the Center for the Study of Society and Medicine at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is the author of The Discovery of the Asylum, Conscience and Convenience, and Strangers at the Bedside.show more

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