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The Big House

Image and Reality of the American Prison

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The Big House by Stephen D. Cox
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Description

"The Big House" is America's idea of the prison--a huge, tough, ostentatiously oppressive pile of rock, bristling with rules and punishments, overwhelming in size and the intent to intimidate. Stephen Cox tells the story of the American prison-its politics, its sex, its violence, its inability to control itself-and its idealization in American popular culture. This book investigates both the popular images of prison and the realities behind them-: problems of control and discipline, maintenance and reform, power and sexuality. It conveys an awareness of the limits of human and institutional power, and of the symbolic and iconic qualities the "Big House" has attained in America's understanding of itself.

Author Biography

Stephen Cox is Professor of Literature and Director of the Humanities Program at the University of California, San Diego. His most recent books are The New Testament and Literature, The Woman and the Dynamo, and The Titanic Story.
Release date Australia
December 23rd, 2014
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
25 b-w illus.
Imprint
Yale University Press
Pages
256
Dimensions
140x210x19
ISBN-13
9780300215083
Product ID
23705614

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