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The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle

The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle

by Michelle Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 081479100X

ISBN-13: 9780814791004

Pub. Date: 10/15/2009

Publisher: New York University Press

America is the most punitive nation in the world, incarcerating more than 2.3 million people—or one in 136 of its residents. Against the backdrop of this unprecedented mass imprisonment, punishment permeates everyday life, carrying with it complex cultural meanings. In The Culture of Punishment, Michelle Brown goes beyond prison gates and into the

Overview

America is the most punitive nation in the world, incarcerating more than 2.3 million people—or one in 136 of its residents. Against the backdrop of this unprecedented mass imprisonment, punishment permeates everyday life, carrying with it complex cultural meanings. In The Culture of Punishment, Michelle Brown goes beyond prison gates and into the routine and popular engagements of everyday life, showing that those of us most distanced from the practice of punishment tend to be particularly harsh in our judgments.

The Culture of Punishment takes readers on a tour of the sites where culture and punishment meet—television shows, movies, prison tourism, and post 9/11 new war prisons—demonstrating that because incarceration affects people along distinct race and class lines, it is only a privileged group of citizens who are removed from the experience of incarceration. These penal spectators, who often sanction the infliction of pain from a distance, risk overlooking the reasons for democratic oversight of the project of punishment and, more broadly, justifications for the prohibition of pain.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814791004
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2009
Series:
Alternative Criminology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Introduction: Notes on Becoming a Penal Spectator
2 Prison Theory: Engaging the Work of Punishment
3 Prison Iconography: Regarding the Pain of Others
4 Prison Tourism: The Cultural Work and Play of Punishment
5 Prison Portents: Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror
6 Prison Science: Of Faith and Futility
7 Prison Otherwise: Cultural Meanings beyond Punishment
Notes
References
Index
About the Author

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