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Big House on the Prairie : Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation

Author: John Major Eason
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2017.
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For the past 50 years, America has been extraordinarily busy building prisons. Since 1970 we have tripled the total number of facilities, adding more than 1,200 new prisons to the landscape. This building boom has taken place across the country but is largely concentrated in rural southern towns. In 2007, John M. Eason moved his family to Forrest City, Arkansas, in search of answers to key questions about this  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Eason, John M.
Big House on the Prairie : Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©2017
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John Major Eason
ISBN: 9780226410487 022641048X
OCLC Number: 968736745
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 236 pages) ; maps
Contents: Preface; Glossary; One / Introduction: The Causes and Consequences of the Prison Boom; Part I: Prison Placement ; Two / Have you Seen My Backyard?: Rural Ecology, Disrepute, and Prison Placement; Three / "It's Like the City, Only Quieter": Making the Rural Ghetto; Four / Finding Beauty in the Hideous: Prison Placement as Reputation Management; Five / How Not in My Backyard Became Please in My Backyard: Toward a Model of Prison Placement; Part II: Prison Impact ; Six / The Prison in My Backyard: Reconsidering Impact. Seven / The Tarnished Jewel of the Delta: Continuity and Change in Caste, Class, and Disrepute; Eight / Bringing Down the Big House: The Political Economy of Prison Proliferation; Acknowledgments; Methodological Appendix A; Methodological Appendix B; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: John M. Eason.

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For the past 50 years, America has been extraordinarily busy building prisons. Since 1970 we have tripled the total number of facilities, adding more than 1,200 new prisons to the landscape. This building boom has taken place across the country but is largely concentrated in rural southern towns. In 2007, John M. Eason moved his family to Forrest City, Arkansas, in search of answers to key questions about this trend: Why is America building so many prisons? Why now? And why in rural areas?

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