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Society of Captives: (New Fwd) a Study of a Maximum Security (Princeton Classic Editions)

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The Society of Captives, first published in 1958, is a classic of modern criminology and one of the most important books ever written about prison.

Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. His analysis calls into question the extent to which prisons can succeed in their attempts to control every facet of life--or whether the strong bonds between prisoners make it impossible to run a prison without finding ways of "accommodating" the prisoners.

Re-released now with a new introduction by Bruce Western and a new epilogue by the author, The Society of Captives will continue to serve as an indispensable text for coming to terms with the nature of modern power.

Synopsis:

The Society of Captives, first published in 1958, is a classic of modern criminology and one of the most important books ever written about prison.

Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. His analysis calls into question the extent to which prisons can succeed in their attempts to control every facet of life--or whether the strong bonds between prisoners make it impossible to run a prison without finding ways of "accommodating" the prisoners.

Re-released now with a new introduction by Bruce Western and a new epilogue by the author, The Society of Captives will continue to serve as an indispensable text for coming to terms with the nature of modern power.

Synopsis:

The Society of Captives, first published in 1958, is a classic of modern criminology and one of the most important books ever written about prison.

Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. His analysis calls into question the extent to which prisons can succeed in their attempts to control every facet of life--or whether the strong bonds between prisoners make it impossible to run a prison without finding ways of "accommodating" the prisoners.

Re-released now with a new introduction by Bruce Western and a new epilogue by the author, The Society of Captives will continue to serve as an indispensable text for coming to terms with the nature of modern power.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Princeton Classic Edition ix

Preface xxvii

Introduction xxix

Chapter One: The Prison and Its Setting 3

Chapter Two: The Regime of the Custodians 13

Chapter Three: The Defects of Total Power 40

Chapter Four: The Pains of Imprisonment 63

Chapter Five: Argot Roles 84

Chapter Six: Crisis and Equilibrium 109

Chapter Seven: A Postscript for Reformers 130

Epilogue: The Structural-Functional Perspective

on Imprisonment 135

Appendix A: A Note on Method 147

Appendix B: The Routine of Imprisonment 149

Index 157

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691130644
Author:
Sykes, Gresham M.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Introduction by:
Western, Bruce
Introduction:
Western, Bruce
Foreword:
Western, Bruce
Author:
Western, Bruce
Location:
Princeton
Subject:
History
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Prison administration
Subject:
Violence in Society
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
State Prison, Trenton (N.J.)
Subject:
Prisons -- New Jersey.
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Classic Editions
Publication Date:
March 2007
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , The Society of Captives, first published in 1958, is a classic of modern criminology and one of the most important books ever written about prison.

Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. His analysis calls into question the extent to which prisons can succeed in their attempts to control every facet of life--or whether the strong bonds between prisoners make it impossible to run a prison without finding ways of "accommodating" the prisoners.

Re-released now with a new introduction by Bruce Western and a new epilogue by the author, The Society of Captives will continue to serve as an indispensable text for coming to terms with the nature of modern power.

"Synopsis" by , The Society of Captives, first published in 1958, is a classic of modern criminology and one of the most important books ever written about prison.

Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. His analysis calls into question the extent to which prisons can succeed in their attempts to control every facet of life--or whether the strong bonds between prisoners make it impossible to run a prison without finding ways of "accommodating" the prisoners.

Re-released now with a new introduction by Bruce Western and a new epilogue by the author, The Society of Captives will continue to serve as an indispensable text for coming to terms with the nature of modern power.

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