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The culture of punishment : prison, society, and spectacle

Author: Michelle Brown
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : New York University Press, ©2009.
Series: Alternative criminology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Analyzes social aspects of prison, covering various theories about the role and function of punishment in society in the United States, including how the culture of imprisonment carries over into everyday life through television shows, movies, prison tourism, and other avenues, and examines the negative impact of penal spectatorship.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michelle Brown
ISBN: 9780814799994 9780814791004 081479999X 081479100X
OCLC Number: 323190042
Description: viii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction : notes on becoming a penal spectator --
Prison theory : engaging the work of punishment --
Prison iconography : regarding the pain of others --
Prison tourism : the cultural work and play of punishment --
Prison portents : Guantánamo, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror --
Prison science : of faith and futility --
Prison otherwise : cultural meanings beyond punishment.
Series Title: Alternative criminology series.
Other Titles: Prison, society, and spectacle
Responsibility: Michelle Brown.

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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  Read more...

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