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Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison
  • Alex Steel, University of New South Wales
  • Chris Cunneen, University of New South Wales
  • David Brown, University of New South Wales
  • Eileen Baldry, University of New South Wales
  • Melanie Schwartz, University of New South Wales
  • Mark Brown, University of Melbourne
What are the various forces influencing the role of the prison in late modern societies? What changes have there been in penality and use of the prison over the past 40 years that have led to the re-valorization of the prison? Using penal culture as a conceptual and theoretical vehicle, and Australia as a case study, this book analyses international developments in penality and imprisonment. Authored by some of Australia’s leading penal theorists, the book examines the historical and contemporary influences on the use of the prison, with analyses of colonialism, post colonialism, race, and what they term the ‘penal/colonial complex,’ in the construction of imprisonment rates and on the development of the phenomenon of hyperincarceration. They develop penal culture as an explanatory framework for continuity, change and difference in prisons and the nature of contested penal expansionism. The influence of transformative concepts such as ‘risk management’, ‘the therapeutic prison’, and ‘preventative detention’ are explored as aspects of penal culture. Processes of normalization, transmission and reproduction of penal culture are seen throughout the social realm. Comparative, contemporary and historical in its approach, the book provides a new analysis of penality in the 21st century.
  • Penal culture,
  • imprisonment; postcolonial,
  • Parliaments,
  • courts,
  • imprisonment rates,
  • risk,
  • mass imprisonment,
  • penal culture
Publication Date
October, 2013
Citation Information
Alex Steel, Chris Cunneen, David Brown, Eileen Baldry, et al.. Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison. (2013)
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