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Punishment in America
Social Control and the Ironies of Imprisonment



August 1999 | 344 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In Punishment in America Michael Welch gathers together his seminal contributions to the most crucial and controversial issues in criminal justice. Topics range from the war on drugs, boot camps and institutional violence to AIDS and HIV, capital punishment and the entire corrections industry.

This coherent, but critical vision of punishment and corrections emphasizes social control but takes account of key social forces such as politics, religion and morality.

Todd R Clear
Foreword
 
Discovery of the Penitentiary and Emergence of Social Control
 
Critical Criminology, Social Justice and an Alternative View of Incarceration
 
The Contours of Race, Social Class and Punishment
Exploring Institutional Biases in Corrections

 
 
The War on Drugs and Correctional Warehousing
Alternative Strategies for the Drug Crisis

 
 
Regulating the Reproduction and Morality of Women
The Social Control of Body and Soul

 
 
Jail Overcrowding
Social Sanitation and the Warehousing of the Urban Underclass

 
 
A Critical Interpretation of Correctional Bootcamps as Normalizing Institutions
Discipline, Punishment and the Military Model

 
 
The Brutal Truth
The Reproduction of Prison Violence and the Ironies of Social Control

 
 
The Machinery of Death
Capital Punishment and the Ironies of Social Control

 
 
The Poverty of Interest in Huamn Rights Violations in US Prisons
 
Prisoners with HIV/AIDS
Discrimination, Fringe Punishments and the Production of Suffering

 
 
The Immigration Crisis
Detention as an Emerging Mechanism of Social Control

 
 
The Corrections Industry
Economic Forces and the Prison Enterprise

 

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Michael F. Welch

MICHAEL WELCH received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of North Texas and is Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey (USA). He has correctional experience at the federal, state, and local levels. His research interests include punishment and social control, and he has published numerous articles for academic journals, edited volumes, and other scholarly publications. His key writings have appeared in Justice Quarterly, Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, The Prison Journal, Crime, Law & Social Change, Social Justice, Youth & Society, Race, Gender & Class,... More About Author

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