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Escape to Prison: Penal Tourism and the Pull of Punishment (Hardback)

Michael Welch

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ISBN 10: 0520286154 / ISBN 13: 9780520286153
Editore: University of California Press, United States, 2015
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Language: English . Brand New Book. The resurrection of former prisons as museums has caught the attention of tourists along with scholars interested in studying what is known as dark tourism. Unsurprisingly, due to their grim subject matter, prison museums tend to invert the Disneyland experience, becoming the antithesis of the happiest place on earth. In Escape to Prison, the culmination of years of international research, noted criminologist Michael Welch explores ten prison museums on six continents, examining the complex interplay between culture and punishment. From Alcatraz to the Argentine Penitentiary, museums constructed on the former locations of surveillance, torture, colonial control, and even rehabilitation tell unique tales about the economic, political, religious, and scientific roots of each site s historical relationship to punishment. Codice inventario libreria AAH9780520286153

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Titolo: Escape to Prison: Penal Tourism and the Pull...

Casa editrice: University of California Press, United States

Data di pubblicazione: 2015

Legatura: Hardback

Condizione libro:New

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The resurrection of former prisons as museums has caught the attention of tourists along with scholars interested in studying what is known as dark tourism. Unsurprisingly, due to their grim subject matter, prison museums tend to invert the Disneyland” experience, becoming the antithesis of the happiest place on earth.” In Escape to Prison, the culmination of years of international research, noted criminologist Michael Welch explores ten prison museums on six continents, examining the complex interplay between culture and punishment. From Alcatraz to the Argentine Penitentiary, museums constructed on the former locations of surveillance, torture, colonial control, and even rehabilitation tell unique tales about the economic, political, religious, and scientific roots of each site’s historical relationship to punishment.

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A steady trickle of journal articles has long hinted at the potential of the prison museum as a research site. Michael Welch’s Escape to Prison redeems that promise in full. The book deftly combines cultural sociology, tourism studies, and penology with an impressively global comparative case-study method. Welch shows the prison museum to be a deeply meaningful artifact that can, when at its best, sustain complex meditations on power, identity, modernity, and dignity. This book is a comprehensive and definitive statement, a milestone that will immediately define its field as the shared point of reference.” Philip Smith, Professor of Sociology, Yale University, author of Punishment and Culture

This volume serves as a critical travelogue in the cultural sociology of punishment. The author takes us on a series of international prison tours, themed to a set of sociological issues and theoretical perspectives, in order to display the cultural power of punishment. Relying heavily on a Durkheimian and Foucaultian theoretical backdrop, the author illuminates the rise in prison tourism through the lenses of dark tourism. Michael Welch has innovatively pursued this goal through historically driven comparative work and a geographic span of sites that is quite remarkable.” Michelle Brown, author of The Culture of Punishment: Prison, Society, and Spectacle

"In Escape to Prison, Michael Welch has produced a veritable tour de force. Moving from country to country, city to city, and prison to prison, Welch constructs an arresting survey of the modern’ form of punishment, showing both the amazing similarities and subtle differences between prison institutions located in the most diverse countries. A must-read for the penal tourist and the scholar of punishment alike.” Dario Melossi, editor in chief of Punishment and Society

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