The Oxford History of the Prison

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

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The Oxford History of the Prison is an informative account of the growth and development of the prison in Western society, from classical times to the present day. In fourteen chapters - each written by specialists in social, legal, and institutional history - the book explores not only the complex history of the prison, but also the social world of inmates and their keepers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 32mm | 639.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Univ PR Pbk ed.
  • frontispiece, 8 pp plates
  • 0195118146
  • 9780195118148
  • 575,042

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a most challenging and disturbing book ... the book meticulously evidences the failure of mass imprisonment to deliver a minimum quality of civilised human existence ... It shows the historical continuity of injustice and absurdity in any mass system. * Bill Forsythe, New Statesman & Society * timely collection of essays on the long, grim history of the prison ... The value of the collection is that it constantly makes one think why ... was 'the impulse to do good' channelled into 'creating something as strange as a prison'? * Paul Barker, The Observer *
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About Norval Morris

Norval Morris is Julius Kreeger Professor of Law and Criminology at the University of Chicago. David J. Rothman is Bernard Schoenberg Professor of Social Medicine the College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as Professor of History at Columbia University.
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