As part of the Sage Course Companion series, this book provides a comprehensive introduction to the discipline of penology. It provides hints and tips on how to apply this information to maximum effect in coursework and examinations. This is a highly accessible text is for those new to prison studies, or for anyone looking for a refresher. It provides structure and background for all prison and punishment modules on undergraduate criminology/ criminal justice degrees. Written in a straightforward and clear style, the book gives detailed explanations for all academic terms used.

Sociologies of Prison Life

Sociologies of Prison Life

Sociologies of prison life

Core Areas:

  • sociological studies of imprisonment
  • prison conditions
  • prisoner health

Running Themes

  • Human rights
  • Legitimacy
  • Less eligibility
  • Managerialism
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Power to punish
  • Social divisions

Key penologists

Erving Goffman (1922–82) One of the most influential social thinkers in the twentieth century, Erving Goffman studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Toronto. He undertook his PhD on social ...

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