The Big House: Image and Reality of the American Prison
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The Big House: Image and Reality of the American Prison

by Stephen Cox
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300124198

ISBN-13: 9780300124194

Pub. Date: 11/03/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

“The Big House" is America’s idea of the prison—­a huge, tough, ostentatiously oppressive pile of rock, bristling with rules and punishments, overwhelming in size and the intent to intimidate. Stephen Cox tells the story of the American prison—its politics, its sex, its violence, its inability to control itself—and its idealization in

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“The Big House" is America’s idea of the prison—­a huge, tough, ostentatiously oppressive pile of rock, bristling with rules and punishments, overwhelming in size and the intent to intimidate. Stephen Cox tells the story of the American prison—its politics, its sex, its violence, its inability to control itself—and its idealization in American popular culture. This book investigates both the popular images of prison and the realities behind them­: problems of control and discipline, maintenance and reform, power and sexuality. It conveys an awareness of the limits of human and institutional power, and of the symbolic and iconic qualities the “Big House” has attained in America’s understanding of itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300124194
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/03/2009
Series:
Icons of America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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