Toward an Anthropology of Prisons

  title={Toward an Anthropology of Prisons},
  author={Lorna Amarasingham Rhodes},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • L. Rhodes
  • Published 1 October 2001
  • Sociology
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
▪ Abstract The late twentieth century saw an intense expansion of the prison system in the United States during the same period in which Foucault's Discipline and Punish influenced academic approaches to power and subjection. This article reviews the history, sociology, and anthropology of the prison, as well as some recent popular critiques of the current situation. It highlights critical perspectives on modern forms of punishment and reform and suggests areas in which an anthropology of… 

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