Lee Bernstein's America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the PDF

By Lee Bernstein

ISBN-10: 0807833878

ISBN-13: 9780807833872

Within the Nineteen Seventies, whereas politicians and activists outdoor prisons debated the right kind reaction to crime, incarcerated humans assisted in shaping these debates even though a huge variety of outstanding political and literary writings. Lee Bernstein explores the forces that sparked a dramatic ''prison artwork renaissance,'' laying off gentle on how incarcerated humans produced robust works of writing, functionality, and visible paintings. those integrated every little thing from George Jackson's progressive Soledad Brother to Miguel Piñero's acclaimed off-Broadway play and Hollywood movie brief Eyes . a unprecedented variety of legal programs--fine arts, theater, secondary schooling, and prisoner-run programs--allowed the voices of prisoners to persuade the Black Arts flow, the Nuyorican writers, ''New Journalism,'' and political theater, one of the most crucial aesthetic contributions of the last decade. by way of the Eighties and '90s, prisoners' academic and inventive courses have been scaled again or eradicated because the ''war on crime'' escalated. yet through then those prisoners' phrases had crossed over the wall, supporting many american citizens to reconsider the that means of the partitions themselves and, finally, the which means of the society that produced them. by way of the Nineteen Eighties and '90s, prisoners' academic and creative courses have been scaled again or eradicated because the ''war on crime'' escalated. yet through then those prisoners' phrases had crossed over the wall, assisting many americans to reconsider the which means of the partitions themselves and, eventually, the which means of the society that produced them.

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While correctional authorities greatly expanded arts and educational offerings, access was not even across race and gender lines. Programs in women’s prisons lagged far behind those in men’s institutions. When Leopold was busy with his studies, for example, the political prisoner Kate Richards O’Hare found that the women’s prison in Jefferson City, Missouri, had no library at all. After complaining, she gained access to the library on the men’s side. ”44 While O’Hare won the right to use the men’s library, other inmates were not able to gain access to education.

Tony Platt, Paul Takagi, Richard Quinney, and the French theorist Louis Althusser influenced the development of a Marxian criminology that saw the state as a fundamentally exploitative institution. Political scientists and urban policy advisers like Daniel Patrick W e Sh a l l Have Or d e r 29 Moynihan, William Ker Muir, and James Q. Wilson helped shape what would become a neoconservative response to crime by appealing directly to the public in trade books aimed at a wide readership. While their works never achieved the wide public consumption of a campaign commercial, they provide insight into the cultural politics of law and order in crucial ways.

The post-1968 shifts in the criminal justice system were firmly rooted in the Great Society’s liberalism while simultaneously inspiring what would later be termed neoconservatism. The Nixon campaign and administration did not replace the Great Society’s criminal justice apparatus. ” Rather than work solely through the criminal justice system or through legislative channels, neoconservatives produced television ads, political speeches, and public policy books for a popular audience. This cultural strategy enabled the rapid discrediting of sociohistorical approaches to social problems like crime, poverty, and unequal access to health care.

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