Enduring Trialities, Globalization, and Prison Populations

Coretta Phillips

in The Multicultural Prison

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697229
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191760556 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Enduring Trialities, Globalization, and Prison Populations

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The first chapter introduces the book's overarching themes. A core observation about the contemporary prison is that its ‘society of captives’ — always having been predominantly male, socially and economically disadvantaged — is now exceptionally ethnically diverse in its composition and highly racialized following the years of expansion since the 1980s. The chapter engages with the theoretical literature illuminating the political economy of race, class, masculinities and incarceration. It draws on the foundational work of pioneers such as Clemmer, Sykes, Goffman and Jacobs which introduced the ‘indigenous’ and ‘importation’ models of prisoner identities and social relations inside prison, and examines the value of this literature in the context of globalised diversity.

Keywords: incarceration; sociology of punishment; discipline; indigenous and importation models; global diversity; legitimacy

Chapter.  8675 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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