The Curious Eclipse of Prison Ethnography in the Age of Mass Incarceration

  title={The Curious Eclipse of Prison Ethnography in the Age of Mass Incarceration},
  author={Lo{\"i}c J. D. Wacquant},
  pages={371 - 397}
This article first takes the reader inside the Los Angeles County Jail, the largest detention facility in the `Free World', to give a ground-level sense of how the entry portal of the US detention system operates by way of prelude to this special issue on the ethnography of the prison. A survey of the recent sociology and anthropology of carceral institutions shows that field studies depicting the everyday world of inmates in America have gone into eclipse just when they were most needed on… Expand
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