Corrections: A Critical Approach by Michael WelchCorrections: A Critical Approach by Michael Welch

Corrections: A Critical Approach

byMichael WelchEditorMichael Welch

Paperback | February 16, 2011

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Corrections: A Critical Approach, 3rdeditionconfronts mass imprisonment in the United States, a nation boasting the highest incarceration rate in the world. This statistic is all the more troubling considering that its correctional population is overrepresented by the poor, African-Americans, and Latinos.

Not only throwing crucial light on matters involving race and social class, this book also identifies and examines the key social forces shaping penal practice in the US - politics, economics, morality, and technology. By attending closely to historical and theoretical development, the narrative takes into account both instrumental (goal-oriented) and expressive (cultural) explanations to sharpen our understanding of punishment and the growing reliance on incarceration.

Covering five main areas of inquiry - penal context, penal populations, penal violence, penal process, and penal state - this book is essential reading for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in undertaking a critical analysis of penology.

Michael Welch is a Professor in the Criminal Justice program at Rutgers University, US. His research interests include punishment, human rights, and social control, and his articles have appeared in journals such asPunishment and Society,Social JusticeandCritical Criminology. He has also authored numerous books, includingCrimes of Powe...
Title:Corrections: A Critical ApproachFormat:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 9.7 × 7 × 1.5 inPublished:February 16, 2011Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415782090

ISBN - 13:9780415782098


Table of Contents

Part 1: Penal Context 1. Introducing a Critical Approach  2. A History of Punishment and Prisons  3. America's Penal Past  4. Theoretical Penology Part II: Penal Populations  5. Social World of Prisoners  6. Women in Corrections  7. Juveniles in Corrections  8. Minorities in Corrections Part III: Penal Violence 9. Assaults and Riots  10. Death Penalty Part IV: Penal Process 11. Jails and Detention  12. Prisoners¿ Rights  13. Alternatives to Incarceration Part V: Penal State  14. Working in Prison  15. The Corrections Industry  16. War on Drugs  17. War on Terror