Doing Time: An Introduction to the Sociology of Imprisonment by Roger Matthews

By Roger Matthews

Doing Time is a necessary textual content for college students in criminology and felony justice – a one-stop assessment of key debates in punishment and imprisonment. This version, completely revised and up-to-date all through, is a hugely obtainable consultant, delivering the instruments to severely have interaction with today's crucial concerns in penology and penal policy.

Examining imprisonment either traditionally and sociologically, and in foreign standpoint, Doing Time outlines theoretical debates, and is going past usual introductory texts to aid scholars advance their very own severe and educated critiques.  

This new version includes:
• 3 new chapters
• an updated bibliography
• totally revised statistical info
• a advisor to key net resources

Issues explored include:
• how incarceration grew to become demonstrated because the most suitable kind of punishment
• the function of house, time and hard work within the evolution of prisons and legal life
• why felony populations are emerging regardless of the autumn in crime figures
• an exam of key felony populations – juveniles, ladies and ethnic groups
• crime and the enterprise cycle – hyperlinks among crime, unemployment and imprisonment
• globalization and crime control
• the way forward for imprisonment

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It was not until the 1930s in America that a new principle of construction emerged. This involved a number of individual oblong cell blocks arranged either side of a linking control corridor or hallway. This design, which has become known as the ‘telegraph pole’ model, was adapted from various pioneering prisons, such as that built at Fresnes in France in 1898, and the separate block plan which had been used some years earlier at Wormwood Scrubs in London. The emergence of the telegraph pole model reflected the demise of the separatist philosophy.

1). Within each cell there was the necessary equipment to carry out work and the basic requirements for daily living: His cell was thirteen-and-a-half feet from barred window to bolted door, seven-and-a-half feet from wall to wall, and nine feet from floor to ceiling. Its contents were sparse; a table, a chair, a cobbler’s bench, hammock, broom, bucket, and a corner shelf. On the shelf stood a pewter mug and a dish, a bar of soap, a towel and a Bible. Except for exercise and chapel, every minute of his day was spent in this space amongst these objects.

The critical questions which the revisionist historians raise are: why did punishment come to take the specific form of imprisonment in a certain period and what were the social determinants which produced and shaped this response in different countries? Similar questions arise in relation to the emergence of the ‘welfare sanction’ at the end of the nineteenth century. The relative decrease in the use of imprisonment in many Western countries during the first half of the twentieth century raises The Emergence of the Modern Prison 23 the question of the factors which affect the scale of imprisonment, as does the subsequent increase in the use of imprisonment in recent years.

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