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In this rare firsthand account, Lorna Rhodes takes us into a hidden world that lies at the heart of the maximum security prison. Focusing on the "supermaximums"—and the mental health units that complement them—Rhodes conveys the internal contradictions of a system mandated to both punish and treat. Her often harrowing, sometimes poignant, exploration of maximum security confinement includes vivid testimony from prisoners and prison workers, describes routines and practices inside prison walls, and takes a hard look at the prison industry. More than an exposé, Total Confinement is a theoretically sophisticated meditation on what incarceration tells us about who we are as a society.

Rhodes tackles difficult questions about the extreme conditions of confinement, the treatment of the mentally ill in prisons, and an ever-advancing technology of isolation and surveillance. Using her superb interview skills and powers of observation, she documents how prisoners, workers, and administrators all struggle to retain dignity and a sense of self within maximum security institutions. In settings that place in question the very humanity of those who live and work in them, Rhodes discovers complex interactions—from the violent to the tender—among prisoners and staff. Total Confinement offers an indispensable close-up of the implications of our dependence on prisons to solve long-standing problems of crime and injustice in the United States.

Synopsis:

"Ethnographically rich, thick with gritty details and original insights, Rhodes's revelatory book about US prisons--those who are incarcerated in them and those who run them--should be read by everyone who cares about social justice and the nature of power."—Emily Martin, author of Flexible Bodies

"Thank you, Lorna Rhodes, for taking us to where the 'worst of the worst' are kept out of sight and out of mind in the new millennium. This powerful ethnography of the correctional high tech machine reveals how institutional power suffocates individual agency and redefines rationality and insanity. Good, bad and evil fall by the wayside."—Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

"A truly remarkable book. The inside look at supermax confinement alone is worth the price of admission, and the prose sometimes verges on poetry. This is meticulous scholarship."—Hans Toch, author of Living in Prison

Synopsis:

Madness and reason in the maximum security prison.

About the Author

Lorna A. Rhodes, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, is author of Emptying Beds: The Work of an Emergency Psychiatric Unit (California, 1991).

Table of Contents

Authors Note

Preface

Introduction

PART ONE: CONDITIONS OF CONTROL

1. Controlling Troubles

2. The Choice to Be Bad

PART TWO: NEGOTIATING TREATMENT, MANAGING CUSTODY

3. The Asylum of Last Resort

4. Custody and Treatment at the Divide

PART THREE: QUESTIONS OF EXCLUSION

5. The Games Run Deep

6. Struggling It Out

Glossary of Prison Terms

Appendix: Note on Research

Notes

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

List of Illustrations

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520240766
Author:
Rhodes, Lorna A.
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
Penology
Subject:
Prisons
Subject:
Imprisonment
Subject:
Prisoners
Subject:
Solitary confinement
Subject:
Prisons -- United States.
Subject:
Imprisonment -- United States.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
XXS 307
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photographs
Pages:
329
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.88 in 1 lb

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"Ethnographically rich, thick with gritty details and original insights, Rhodes's revelatory book about US prisons--those who are incarcerated in them and those who run them--should be read by everyone who cares about social justice and the nature of power."—Emily Martin, author of Flexible Bodies

"Thank you, Lorna Rhodes, for taking us to where the 'worst of the worst' are kept out of sight and out of mind in the new millennium. This powerful ethnography of the correctional high tech machine reveals how institutional power suffocates individual agency and redefines rationality and insanity. Good, bad and evil fall by the wayside."—Philippe Bourgois, author of In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio

"A truly remarkable book. The inside look at supermax confinement alone is worth the price of admission, and the prose sometimes verges on poetry. This is meticulous scholarship."—Hans Toch, author of Living in Prison

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