Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison

Cunneen C, Baldry, E, Brown D, Brown M, Schwartz M & Steel A. 2013. Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison. Surrey, England: Ashgate. ISBN 9781409447290. 238pp

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-19

Posted: 18 Dec 2013 Last revised: 16 May 2014

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

David Bentley Brown

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Mark Brown

University of Melbourne

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

What are the various forces influencing the role of the prison in late modern societies? What changes have there been in penalty and use of the prison over the past 40 years that have led to the revalorization 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 transformative concepts such as 'risk management', 'the therapeutic prison', and 'preventative detention' are explored as aspects of penal culture. Processes of normalisation, 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.

Keywords: Penal Culture, Hyperincarceration, Penality, Imprisonment, Penal/Colonial Complex, Risk Management, Therapeutic Prison, Preventative Detention.

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris and Baldry, Eileen and Brown, David Bentley and Brown, Mark and Schwartz, Melanie and Steel, Alex, Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison (2013). Cunneen C, Baldry, E, Brown D, Brown M, Schwartz M & Steel A. 2013. Penal Culture and Hyperincarceration: The Revival of the Prison. Surrey, England: Ashgate. ISBN 9781409447290. 238pp; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2014-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2295794

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

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University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

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Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
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David Bentley Brown

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Australia
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Mark Brown

University of Melbourne ( email )

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Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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