The Prison Experience: Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe by Pieter SpierenburgThe Prison Experience: Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe by Pieter Spierenburg

The Prison Experience: Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe

byPieter Spierenburg

Paperback | January 23, 2007

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Though the prison is central to the penal system of most modern nations, many believe that imprisonment did not become a major judicial sanction until the nineteenth century. In this readable history, Pieter Spierenburg traces the evolution of the prison during the early modern period and illustrates the important role it has played as both disciplinary institution and penal option from the late sixteenth century onward.  Placing particular emphasis on the prisons of the Netherlands, Germany, and France, The Prison Experience examines not only the long-term nature of prisons and the historical conceptions of their prisoners but also looks at the daily lives of inmates—supplementing our understanding of social change and day-to-day life in early modern Europe.
Pieter Spierenburg is professor of historical criminology at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.
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Title:The Prison Experience: Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern EuropeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.9 inPublished:January 23, 2007Publisher:Amsterdam University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9053569898

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Table of Contents - 10Part One: The Origins - 201. Introduction A Process Approach to Prison History - 222. Idleness and Labor The Emergence of Prisons in Early Modern Europe - 33Part Two: Prisoners and Forced Labor - 603. The Period of Experimentation Prison Workhouses on the Continent, 1588-1650 - 624. In the Margins of Settled Life Imprisonment and the Repression of Begging and Vagrancy - 905. Prisons and the ImaginationThe Public Image, the Miracles of St. Raspinus, and the Pumping Myth - 1086. The Prison as a Household Management, Forced Labor, and the Economy - 1267. Thieves, Prostitutes and Aggressors The Evolution of Imprisonment as a Penal Sanction - 1568. The Prison Experience Internal Life from Above and from Below - 192Part Three: Prisons and Family Discipline - 2429. Elites and the Poor Private Confinement: The Environment - 24410. Drunks, Revellers, and the InsanePrivate Confinement: The Prisoners - 259Part Four: The Early Modern Legacy - 27811. Crossroads Bondage and the Penal System in Western Europe - 28012. Conclusion Imprisonment, Mentalities, and Social Change - 298Notes - 304List of Archival Sources - 338Bibliography - 342Index - 356