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Society of Captives - With New Intro...

Society of Captives - With New Intro... - 07 edition

Society of Captives - With New Intro... - 07 edition

ISBN13: 9780691130644

ISBN10: 0691130647

Society of Captives - With New Intro... by Gresham M. Sykes - ISBN 9780691130644
Edition: 07
Copyright: 2007
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Society of Captives - With New Intro... by Gresham M. Sykes - ISBN 9780691130644

ISBN13: 9780691130644

ISBN10: 0691130647

Edition: 07

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Summary

''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

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Princeton Classic Edition

Preface xxvii Introduction

Chapter One: The Prison and Its Setting

Chapter Two: The Regime of the Custodians

Chapter Three: The Defects of Total Power

Chapter Four: The Pains of Imprisonment

Chapter Five: Argot Roles

Chapter Six: Crisis and Equilibrium

Chapter Seven: A Postscript for Reformers

Epilogue: The Structural-Functional Perspective on Imprisonment

Appendix A: A Note on Method

Appendix B: The Routine of Imprisonment

Index