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NCJ Number: 186014 Find in a Library
Title: Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment
Author(s): Roger Matthews
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 299
Sponsoring Agency: St. Martin's Press
New York, NY 10010
Publication Number: ISBN 0-312-22239-4
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Book (Hardbound)
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This book introduces some of the main sociological debates associated with imprisonment.
Abstract: The book examines the emergence of the modern prison and developments in incarceration over the last century and a half. It looks at the processes through which order and disorder occur in prisons and the ways in which prisoners adapt to this form of confinement. It also critically investigates the changing size and composition of imprisonment, particularly in relation to unemployment and the emergence of an underclass. The book looks in detail at the imprisonment of young people, women and ethnic minorities, and concludes with an exploration of the future of imprisonment. The book is presented in 10 chapters: (1) Emergence of the Modern Prison, including jails, workhouses, and houses of correction, labor, discipline, and punishment; (2) Space, Time and Labour; (3) Order, Control and Adaptation in Prison; (4) Prison Profile: Data, Trends and Analysis; (5) Unemployment, Crime and Imprisonment; (6) The Scale of Imprisonment; (7) Young People in Custody; (8) Women's Imprisonment; (9) Race and Imprisonment; and (10) The Future of Imprisonment. Figures, tables, bibliography, index
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional facilities; Effects of imprisonment; Employment-crime relationships; Female inmates; Incarceration; Prisonization; Race-punishment relationship; Social control; Trend analysis
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