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Prisons and the Problem of Order

Richard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms and Will Hay

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198258186
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258186.001.0001

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Prisons and the Problem of Order

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This book presents a substantial revolution on the character of confined social life. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in two contrasting English maximum security prisons, the authors systematically compare their institutional order, including the differing control strategies deployed in each, as seen by both custodians and captives, controllers and controlled. The authors discuss the insinuations of their research for the tradition of sociological concern within the ‘prison community.’ They re-examine the resources of that rich but latterly somewhat dormant field in the light of some of the main currents in contemporary social theory, and thereby provide a new perspective on the ‘problem of order’ in maximum custody. This book will have significant policy implications, and it will be required reading for scholars and students in criminology and criminal justice, as well as for administrators and reformers in penal systems.

Keywords: social life; maximum security; institutional order; prison community; criminology

Book.  396 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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Introduction: the Research in Context in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Social Order in Prisons: Theoretical Issues in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Approaching the Research in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Social Relations: Staff Perspectives in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Social Relations II: Prisoner Perspectives in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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The Vulnerable Prisoner Unit at Albany in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Movements from ‘Normal Location’ in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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Conclusions in Prisons and the Problem of Order

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