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  • Selling Welfare Reformby Frank Ridzi

    NYU Press 2009; US$ 89.00

    The 1996 Welfare Reform Act promised to end welfare as we knew it. In Selling Welfare Reform , Frank Ridzi uses rich ethnographic detail to examine how new welfare-to-work policies, time limits, and citizenship documentation radically changed welfare, revealing what really goes on at the front lines of the reformed welfare system. Selling Welfare Reform... more...

  • Praxis for the Poorby Sanford F. Schram

    NYU Press 2002; US$ 89.00

    Praxis for the Poor puts the relationship of politics to scholarship front and center through an examination of the work of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward. Piven and Cloward proved that social science could inform social-policy politics in ways that helped energize a movement. Praxis for the Poor offers a critical reflection on their work and... more...

  • An Expendable Manby Margaret Edds

    NYU Press 2003; US$ 89.00

    How is it possible for an innocent man to come within nine days of execution? An Expendable Man answers that question through detailed analysis of the case of Earl Washington Jr., a mentally retarded, black farm hand who was convicted of the 1983 rape and murder of a 19-year-old mother of three in Culpeper, Virginia. He spent almost 18 years in Virginia... more...

  • Doing Harder Time?by Natalie Mann

    Ashgate Publishing Ltd 2012; US$ 109.95

    Framed within the theoretical perspective of structuration theory, but also drawing on aspects of Goffman's interactionism and Bourdieu's concept of habitus, this book offers a unique interpretation of research carried out with ageing prisoners and their prison officers and shows the reality of prison for those who are reaching the end of their... more...

  • One Day in the Life of 179212by Jens Soering

    Lantern Books 2012; US$ 8.99

    To a correctional facility in Virginia he is known as Prisoner 179212. But to a legion of journalists and legal reform activists he is Jens Soering, a German citizen who has endured for the past twenty-six years the harshest and most unforgiving punishment this country can offer—a life sentence without realistic hope of release, which some refer... more...

  • Long Road Homeby Suk-Young Kim

    Columbia University Press 2009; US$ 31.99

    Kim Yong shares his harrowing account of life in a labor camp& mdash;a singularly despairing form of torture carried out by the secret state. Although it is known that gulags exist in North Korea, little information is available about their organization and conduct, for prisoners rarely escape both incarceration and the country alive. Long Road... more...

  • Perspectives On Evaluating Criminal Justice and Correctionsby Erica Bowen; Sarah Brown

    Emerald Group Publishing Limited 2012; US$ 114.95

    A comprehensive and authoritative overview of issues relating to the evaluation of criminal justice/corrections ‘interventions’, this book draws on a range of theoretical, cultural and epistemological perspectives with authors from a range of disciplines and countries, and provides a unique reference for academics, practitioners and policy-makers. more...

  • The Prisonerby Ben Crewe; Jamie Bennett

    Taylor and Francis 2012; US$ 48.95

    The past fifteen years have seen dramatic growth in imprisonment in the UK, yet our understanding of the lives and experiences of prisoners remains limited. Drawing on in-depth interviews with prisoners,   this book aims to redress this by providing insight into various aspects of the lives of prisoners and their experiences of incarceration.  more...

  • The Numberby Jonny Steinberg

    Jonathan Ball Publishers 2010; US$ 17.50

    On 9 June 2003, a 43-year-old coloured man named Magadien Wentzel walked out of Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. Behind him lay a lifelong career in the 28s, South Africa's oldest and most reviled prison gang, for decades rumoured to have specialised in rape and robbery. In front of him lay the prospect of a law-abiding future, and life in a household... more...

  • Social Capital and Welfare Reformby Jo Anne Schneider

    Columbia University Press 2006; US$ 34.99

    In this groundbreaking study, Jo Anne Schneider considers the reasons behind the limited success of most welfare reform initiatives and offers evidence-based recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of welfare policy. Schneider draws on her rich and nuanced ethnographic studies of Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Kenosha, Wisconsin to clarify... more...