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Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

The Scandinavian Prison Study

Authors: Wheeler, Stanton, Cline, Hugh F.

Editors: Armor, David J. (Ed.)

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  • Includes a foreword by Marcia Chambers and an afterword by Thomas Mathiesen
  • Includes an introduction which discusses how prison sociology has changed since the study and which issues are still debated
  • Fills an important and historical gap in the literature during a time of renewed interest in Nordic prisons and prison policies
  • Presents a very comparative prison study which remains unique to this day 
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This book presents the formerly-unpublished manuscript by Wheeler and Cline detailing the landmark, comparative prisons study they conducted in the 1960s which examined fifteen Scandinavian prisons and nearly 2000 inmates across four Nordic countries. At the time, it was the largest comparative study of prisons and inmate behavior ever undertaken and despite 15 years of analysis and write-up it was never published but it influenced many other important prison studies that followed. This book engages with the functionalist perspectives that were widespread in the 1960s, and tries to answer some of the classical questions of prison sociology such as how prisoners adapt to imprisonment and the degree to which prisoner adaptations can be attributed to characteristics of prisoners and prisons. It examines the nature and structure of prisons, the effect of that structure on individual prisoners and the other factors that may influence the way that they respond to confinement. It also includes discussion about the prisoners’ considerations of justice and fairness and a explanation of the study design and data which was highly unique at the time. The Scandinavian Prison Study brings Wheeler and Cline's pioneering work into the present context with a preface and an introduction which discuss the questions and claims raised in the book still relevant to this day.  

About the authors

David J. Armor is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at George Mason University, USA.
Stanton Wheeler was Ford Foundation Professor of Law and the Social Sciences (Emeritus) at Yale Law School, USA.
Hugh F. Cline was Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Education at Teacher's College, Columbia University, USA. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Scandinavian Prison Study
Authors
Editors
  • David J. Armor
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-26462-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-26462-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-26461-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXVIII, 352
Number of Illustrations
36 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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