In this essay I analyze the HBO prison drama Oz as a cultural artifact of the current era of rampant incarceration. I argue that Oz's hyperviolent spectacle legitimizes both the expansion of the prison–industrial complex and the continuing prevalence of inhumane prison environments. I also contend that Oz's framing of race and class within a violent spectacle functions as a justification of discriminatory criminal justice practices.
- Prison–Industrial Complex,
- Representations of Incarceration,
- Race/Class Nexus
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/bill_yousman/4/