Toward an Archaeology of the U.S. Prison System|
AMST 349, HIST 357|
This course examines a central institution in our (that is, Western) culturally-specific approach to dealing with social transgressions: the prison system. Using an archaeological approach that examines intellectual foundations, it attempts to ask how and why prisons developed as the central mode for adjudicating breaches of the social order. Beginning in the 19th century with the "discovery of the aslyum" and the work of Italian criminologist Cesare Lombros, this course seeks to interrogate the historical and cultural origins of what has more recently come to be known as the prison industrial complex.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Angela Davis, ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE?
Norman Johnston, FORMS OF CONSTRAINT: A HISTORY OF PRISON ARCHITECTURE
Judith W. Kay, MURDERING MYTHS: THE STORY BEHIND THE DEATH PENALTY
Cesare Lombroso, CRIMINAL MAN
Jeffrey Reiman, THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET PRISONS
David Rothman, DISCOVERY OF THE ASYLUM
The Sentencing Project, RACE TO INCARCERATE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Oral presentations, weekly writing assignments, and final essay.
|Instructor(s): Eudell,Demetrius L. Times: ...W... 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: ZLKA106; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 20
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