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Prisons and the Problem of Order

Richard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms, and Will Hay


This book presents a substantial revolution on the character of confined social life. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in two contrasting English maximum security prisons, the authors systematically compare their institutional order, including the differing control strategies deployed in each, as seen by both custodians and captives, controllers and controlled. The authors discuss the insinuations of their research for the tradition of sociological concern within the ‘prison community.’ They re-examine the resources of that rich but latterly somewhat dormant field in the light of some of the m ... More

Keywords: social life, maximum security, institutional order, prison community, criminology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198258186
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198258186.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Sparks, author
University of Keele

Anthony Bottoms, author
Cambridge University

Will Hay, author
University of Plymouth