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Stateville The Penitentiary in Mass Society

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ISBN-10: 0226389774

ISBN-13: 9780226389776

Edition: Reprint 

Authors: James B. Jacobs, Morris Janowitz

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Stateville penitentiary in Illinois has housed some of Chicago's most infamous criminals and was proclaimed to be "the world's toughest prison" by Joseph Ragen, Stateville's powerful warden from 1936 to 1961. It shares with Attica, San Quentin, and Jackson the notoriety of being one of the maximum security prisons that has shaped the public's conception of imprisonment. In Stateville James B. Jacobs, a sociologist and legal scholar, presents the first historical examination of a total prison organization--administrators, guards, prisoners, and special interest groups. Jacobs applies Edward Shils's interpretation of the dynamics of mass society in order to explain the dramatic events of…    
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 9/15/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

James B. Jacobs is Chief Justice Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts, and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice, at New York University School of Law.

Morris Janowitz was an American sociologist educated at the University of Chicago. As a student of many Chicago School theorists, he was most interested in the process of communication and its role in establishing a sense of community. Prejudice was another lifelong interest. During World War II, Janowitz worked as a propaganda analyst for the U.S. Department of Justice. He is best known for The Community Press in An Urban Setting (1980), his early study of the role of newspapers in establishing a sense of community. This work combined his interest in the press as an agent of solidarity with his concern about the perpetuation of prejudice.

The Authoritarian Regime
The Search for a Stable Equilibrium, 1925-36
Emergence of Personal Dominance, 1936-61
Challenge to Institutional Authority, 1961-70
The Search for a New Equilibrium
Emergence of a Professional Administration, 1970-75
Intrusion of the Legal System and Interest Groups
Penetration of the Gangs
Transition of the Guard Force
Overview: Restoration and Beyond
Participant Observation among Prisoners