Castles of our Conscience: Social Control and the American State 1800 - 1985

Castles of our Conscience: Social Control and the American State 1800 - 1985

by William G. Staples

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ISBN-13: 9780745668604
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 382 KB

About the Author

Bill Staples grew up on the south shore of Long Island, New York. He has been a commercial fisherman, taxicab driver, plumber's apprentice, and pizza maker. He studied sociology at the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California, and UCLA. Staples is currently the 2013-14 E. Jackson Baur Professor of Sociology and founding Director of the Surveillance Studies Research Center at the University of Kansas. In addition to the first edition of EVERYDAY SURVEILLANCE his previous books include CASTLES OF OUR CONSCIENCE: SOCIAL CONTROL AND THE AMERICAN STATE, 1800-1985, a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, POWER, PROFITS, AND PATRIARCHY: THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF WORK AT A BRITISH METAL TRADES FIRM, 1791-1922 (with C. L. Staples), an American Sociological Association Book Award winner as well as and the two-volume reference work, THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF PRIVACY, also a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas.

Table of Contents



1 Explaining Patterns of Institutional Social Control

From Progressivism to Revisionism

Toward a State-centered Perspective

The Structuration of the State: Form, Function, and Apparatus

Part I The Denial of Freedom in the New Republic: Social Control and the American State, 1800–1929

2 Charting the Liberal-Capitalist State

Production Politics in the Nineteenth-century Prison

The "Problem" of Prison Labor

The Origins of the Prison as Factory

Discipline, Punishment, and Capitalism

Working to Reproduce the State

3 Public Welfare in an Age of Social and Economic Crises

Poverty, Dependency, and the Poorhouse

From "Houses of Industry" to "Disgraceful Memorials"

Classification and the Growth of Specialized Institutions

Absorbing the Local State: Centralization, Political Power, and the State Apparatus

Part II Accumulating Minds and Bodies: Social Control and the American State, 1930–1985

4 Charting the Advanced-Capitalist State

Roads to the State Asylum

The Idle and Unproductive in the Penitentiary

The Juvenile Court and the Penetration of the Family

5 Contradictions and Consequences in Post-war Psychiatry

The State Hospital in the "New Age" of Community Mental Health

Opening the Back Doors: The Political Legitimacy of State Governments and the Early Signs of Deinstitutionalization

Community Psychiatry and the "New Frontier" of Progressive Social Reform

6 Public Policy under the Liberal Welfare State

From the "New Frontier" to the "Great Society": The Politics and Policies of the Kennedy-Johnson Years

"Gray Gold": The New American Nursing Home Industry

The Goal of "Reintegration": Offenders on Probation and Parole

Crises in the Community: the Politicization of America’s "Crime Wave"

Adolescents Go from Bad to Mad

7 The Evolution of the State Apparatus

The Dialectics of the State in Civil Society

Appendix: Concepts, Data, and Sources




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