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America is the prison : arts and politics in prison in the 1970s

Author: Lee Bernstein
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, [2010] ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume explores the forces that sparked a dramatic prison art renaissance, shedding light on how incarcerated people produced powerful works of writing, performance, and visual art.
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Bernstein, Lee, 1967-
America is the prison.
Chapel Hill, N.C. : University of North Carolina Press, ©2010
(OCoLC)743494337
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lee Bernstein
ISBN: 9780807833872 0807833878 9780807871171 0807871176
OCLC Number: 441211721
Description: [xiii], 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction --
We shall have order: the cultural politics of law and order --
The age of Jackson: George Jackson and the radical critique of incarceration --
What works?: reform and repression in prison programs --
We took the weight: incarcerated writers and artists in the Black Arts movement --
Cell block theater: entertainment, liberation, and the politics of prison theater --
Radical chic: Jack Henry Abbott and the decline of prison programming --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Lee Bernstein.

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