Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration : the Revival of the Prison

Cunneen, Chris, Baldry, Eileen, Brown, David, Schwartz, Melanie, Steel, Alex, & Brown, Mark (2013) Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration : the Revival of the Prison. Advances in Criminology. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey.

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Abstract

What are the various forces influencing the role of the prison in late modern societies? What changes have there been in penality and use of the prison over the past 40 years that have led to the re-valorization of the prison? Using penal culture as a conceptual and theoretical vehicle, and Australia as a case study, this book analyses international developments in penality and imprisonment. Authored by some of Australia’s leading penal theorists, the book examines the historical and contemporary influences on the use of the prison, with analyses of colonialism, post colonialism, race, and what they term the ‘penal/colonial complex,’ in the construction of imprisonment rates and on the development of the phenomenon of hyperincarceration. The authors develop penal culture as an explanatory framework for continuity, change and difference in prisons and the nature of contested penal expansionism. The influence of transformative concepts such as ‘risk management’, ‘the therapeutic prison’, and ‘preventative detention’ are explored as aspects of penal culture. Processes of normalization, transmission and reproduction of penal culture are seen throughout the social realm. Comparative, contemporary and historical in its approach, the book provides a new analysis of penality in the 21st century.

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ID Code: 68255
Item Type: Book
Additional Information: Table of Contents: Penal culture : the meaning of imprisonment -- Global convictism and the postcolonial -- Parliaments, courts and imprisonment rates -- Correctional paradigms : the rise of risk -- Suitable enemies : penal subjects -- Reinvigorating the prison : new perspectives on containment -- Penal culture : transmission, normalisation and reproduction -- Winding back mass imprisonment? -- Manifestations of contemporary penal culture.
ISBN: 9781409447290
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Ashgate
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2014 22:40
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2015 16:15

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