States of Siege: U.S. Prison Riots, 1971-1986

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byBert Useem, Peter Kimball

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This book examines case studies of recent prison riots in five states, including the 1971 radical uprising in Attica, New York, and the infamous 1981 bloodbath at the New Mexico Penitentiary. The most extensive and detailed work yet written on US prison riots, the authors explain theoccurrence and variations of riots as a reflection of the administrative breakdown of the prison system within a changing ideological context. A theoretical appendix helps make this work an ideal introduction to sociological theories of collective action.

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States of Siege is persuasive and a well-executed study. The link between prison riots and forms of collective action has been greatly advanced. Anyone interested in a sociological analysis of prisons, correctional administration, and especially collective action would profit from reading this work.

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This book examines case studies of recent prison riots in five states, including the 1971 radical uprising in Attica, New York, and the infamous 1981 bloodbath at the New Mexico Penitentiary. The most extensive and detailed work yet written on US prison riots, the authors explain theoccurrence and variations of riots as a reflection of...

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States of Siege is persuasive and a well-executed study. The link between prison riots and forms of collective action has been greatly advanced. Anyone interested in a sociological analysis of prisons, correctional administration, and especially collective action would profit from reading this work.

Bert Useem is at University of Louisville. Peter Kimball is at College of Health Care Executives.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 5.31 × 7.99 × 0.55 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 13:9780195072716

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States of Siege is persuasive and a well-executed study. The link between prison riots and forms of collective action has been greatly advanced. Anyone interested in a sociological analysis of prisons, correctional administration, and especially collective action would profit from reading this work.

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"Useem and Kimball bring it all together, to risk an old cliche....A topic to again bring into our lectures, an excellent supplementary text for criminology, criminal justice, and corrections courses....Well-organized....The reader will gain greatly from the work of Useem and Kimball."--SocialScience Quarterly