Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

Prison Breaks

Toward a Sociology of Escape

Editors: Martin, Tomas Max, Chantraine, Gilles (Eds.)

  • Brings a refreshingly international and interdisciplinary approach to the under-studied area of prison escapes
  • Investigates escapes from a theoretically informed and empirically grounded perspective
  • Includes truly global case studies from India, Tunisia, Canada, the UK, France, Uganda, Italy, Sierra Leone, and Mexico
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About this book

This edited collection analyses the prison through the most fundamental challenge it faces: escapes. The chapters comprise original research from established prison scholars who develop the contours of a sociology of prison escapes. Drawing on firm empirical evidence from places like India, Tunisia, Canada, the UK, France, Uganda, Italy, Sierra Leone, and Mexico, the authors show how escapes not only break the prison, but are also fundamental to the existence of such institutions: how they are imagined, designed, organized, justified, reproduced and transformed. The chapters are organised in four interconnected themes: resistance and everyday life; politics and transition; imaginaries and popular culture; and law and bureaucracy, which reflect how escapes are productive, local, historical, and equivocal social practices, and integral to the mysterious intransigence of the prison. The result is a critical and theoretically informed understanding of prison escapes – which has so far been absent in prison scholarship – and which will hold broad appeal to academics and students of prisons and penology, as well as practitioners.  

About the authors

Tomas Max Martin is a Researcher at DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture. 

Gilles Chantraine is a sociologist and Permanent Researcher at CLERSE – CNRS, France. 



Reviews

“This stimulating and original collection of essays offers a new 'frame' for thinking about the prison and its meaning. The authors critically analyse the prison from the standpoint of its most major breach: prison escapes. Escapes challenge the very notion of State sovereignty. They shock and destabilise, showing penal bureaucracies to be inherently precarious. By dwelling on this theme, this book re-establishes the primacy of the idea of human dignity and freedom, even or especially in prison. This is refreshing, stimulating and important.” (Professor Alison Liebling, University of Cambridge, UK)

“Prison Breaks fills a significant gap in punishment literature and sociological analysis: treating escapes as more than isolated incidents to be narrated and counted in correctional discourse. Instead, in the hands of the ethnographers, sociologists, and criminologists contributing to this collection, prison escapes become an important tool for analyzing prisons as institutions of social control and reflections of both broader social structures and broader social experiences. By incorporating lived experiences from across the globe, from Africa to Asia to Europe to Central America, this book also provides an important entrée into comparative prison studies.” (Keramet Reiter, Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, USA)

“This smart and alert volume uses prison escapes in reality, fiction, and popular cultures in a dozen countries as an inverted analyzer of the carceral institution. This deep dent into the 'mysterious intransigence of the prison' will intrigue and stimulate readers, not just in criminology and penology, but across the social sciences and humanities.” (Professor Loïc Wacquant, author of Prisons of Poverty and Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

“Prison Breaks is an impressive and thought provoking achievement. It brings together a formidable collection of scholars examining both the ‘real’ and ‘imaginary’ dynamics of prison escape. By shedding fresh light on manifestations of coercion and transformation, it is destined to become a classic in the field. Both critical and generous, the book will encourage all of its readers to rethink basic assumptions about the relations between prison, society and culture.” (Professor Eamonn Carrabine, University of Essex, UK)

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Toward a Sociology of Prison Escape

    Chantraine, Gilles (et al.)

    Pages 1-29

  • Chapter 1 Prison Escapes, Everyday Life and the State: Narratives of Contiguity and Disruption

    Bandyopadhyay, Mahuya

    Pages 33-59

  • Chapter 2 There Is No Escape: Constrained Tales of Sovereign Practice and Relations

    Jefferson, Andrew M.

    Pages 61-85

  • Chapter 3 Resistant Adaptation: Reflections on Escape from Italian Prisons

    Santorso, Simone

    Pages 87-112

  • Chapter 4 Mocking the State: Heroism, Humanity and Humiliation in the Context of Naxal Jailbreaks in India

    Sen, Atreyee

    Pages 115-142

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eBook 118,99 €
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Hardcover 145,59 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Prison Breaks
Book Subtitle
Toward a Sociology of Escape
Editors
  • Tomas Max Martin
  • Gilles Chantraine
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64358-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64358-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64357-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 351
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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