Prisons and the Problem of Order

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms, Will Hay

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This book presents a substantial new statement on the character of social life in confinement. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in two contrasting English maximum security prisons, the authors systematically compare their institutional order, including the differing control strategies deployedin each, as seen by both custodians and captives, controllers and controlled. The authors discuss the implications of their research for the tradition of sociological concern within the`prison community'. They re-examine the resources of that rich but latterly somewhat dormant field in the light ofsome of the main currents in contemporary social theory, and thereby provide a new perspective on the `problem of order' in maximum custody. This book will have significant policy implications, and it will be required reading for scholars and students in criminology and criminal justice, as well asfor administrators and reformers in penal system.

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This book presents a substantial new statement on the character of social life in confinement. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in two contrasting English maximum security prisons, the authors systematically compare their institutional order, including the differing control strategies deployedin each, as seen by both custodians and cap...

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This book presents a substantial new statement on the character of social life in confinement. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in two contrasting English maximum security prisons, the authors systematically compare this institutional order, including the differing control strategies deployed in each, as seen by both custodians and cap...

Richard Sparks is at University of Keele. Anthony Bottoms is at Cambridge University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:396 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198258186

ISBN - 13:9780198258186

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`'Despite the theoretical density of the book, it reads very well...worthy of praise...the theory here is dense without being abstract, the conclusions subtle while still substantial, and the smooth flow of the writing makes it a pleasure to read.''Forensic Update