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The Oxford history of the prison : the practice of punishment in western society / edited by Norval Morris and David J. Rothman
Bib ID 2569139
Format BookBook
Description New York : Oxford University Press, 1995 
xiv, 489 p. : ill., map ; 26 cm. 
ISBN 0195061535 (acid-free paper)
0195118146 (paperback)
Summary

In The Oxford History of the Prison, a team of distinguished scholars offers a vivid account of the rise and development of this critical institution.

The authors trace the persistent tension between the desire to punish and the hope for rehabilitation, recounting the institution's evolution from the rowdy and squalid English jails of the 1700s, in which prisoners and visitors ate and drank together; to the sober and stark nineteenth-century penitentiaries, whose inmates were forbidden to speak or even to see one another; and finally to the "big houses" of the current American prison system, in which prisoners are as overwhelmed by intense boredom as by the threat of violence.

Full contents
  • Introduction / Norval Morris and David J. Rothman
  • Ch. 1. Prison Before the Prison: The Ancient and Medieval Worlds / Edward M. Peters
  • Ch. 2. The Body and the State: Early Modern Europe / Pieter Spierenburg
  • Ch. 3. The Well-Ordered Prison: England, 1780-1865 / Randall McGowen
  • Ch. 4. Perfecting the Prison: United States, 1789-1865 / David J. Rothman
  • Ch. 5. The Victorian Prison: England, 1865-1965 / Sean McConville
  • Ch. 6. The Failure of Reform: United States, 1865-1965 / Edgardo Rotman
  • Ch. 7. The Prison on the Continent: Europe, 1865-1965 / Patricia O'Brien
  • Ch. 8. The Contemporary Prison: 1965-Present / Norval Morris
  • Ch. 9. The Australian Experience: The Convict Colony / John Hirst
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Prisons -- History.
Other authors/contributors Morris, Norval  |  Rothman, David J
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