Special Issue: The Beautiful Prison Vol: 64


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Product Details
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781783509676
Published:
16 May 2014
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Dimensions:
112 pages - 152 x 229 x 15mm
Series:
Studies in Law, Politics and Society
In The Beautiful Prison incarcerated Americans and prison critics seek to imagine the prison as something better than a machinery of suffering. From personal testimony to theoretical meditation these writers explore and confront the practical and cultural limits the prison places on its transformation into a socially constructive institution. Long-term prisoner Kenneth E. Hartman engages the reader in his struggle to find beauty inside the increasingly bleak and sterile confines of the California Department of Corrections. Chuck Jackson releases his imagination on Houston's notorious Harris County Jail to envision a jailhouse transformed into a university, community, and arts center. Between the grip of the CDC and utopian vision, Leder, Ginsburg, Pinkert, and Brown report on their practical and theoretical work to understand what the prison has been and might be. The Beautiful Prison suggests that any passage from 'ugly prisons' into institutions serving the greater good will only be possible when the will and intellectual capital of their inhabitants are met by free-world critics ready to challenge assumptions of the prison acting solely as an apparatus of punishment.
Searching for the beautiful prison. Introduction. The enlightened prison. Knowing that we are making a difference: A case for critical prison programming. Rethinking the humanities through teaching the holocaust in prison. Of prisons, gardens, and the way out. What blooms: The jailhouse, inside out. Special Issue: The beautiful prison. List of Contributors. Studies in law, politics, and society. EDITORIAL BOARD. Special Issue: The beautiful prison. Copyright page. Searching for the beautiful prison. Introduction. The enlightened prison. Knowing that we are making a difference: A case for critical prison programming. Rethinking the humanities through teaching the holocaust in prison. Of prisons, gardens, and the way out. What blooms: The jailhouse, inside out. Special Issue: The beautiful prison. List of Contributors. Studies in law, politics, and society. EDITORIAL BOARD. Special Issue: The beautiful prison. Copyright page.

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