Thursday, December 1, 2016

Members' Recent Publication Digest - December Edition

As compiled by Miltonette Craig:

ARTICLES

Longazel, Jamie, Jake Berman, and Benjamin Fleury-Steiner. (2016). The Pains of Immigrant Imprisonment. Sociology Compass, 10(11), 989-998.

Rubin, Ashley T. (Forthcoming). Professionalizing Prison: Primitive Professionalization and the Administrative Defense of Eastern State Penitentiary, 1829-1879. Law & Social Inquiry, DOI: 10.1111/lsi.12263

Savelsberg, Joachim J. (2016). Representing Mass Violence in Darfur: Global, National and Field Factors. Zeitschrift für Genozidforschung, 14(1-2), 62-79.

Steele, Linda, Leanne Dowse, and Julian Trofimovs. (2016). Who Is Diverted?: Moving Beyond Diagnosed Impairment Towards a Social and Political Analysis of Diversion. Sydney Law Review, 38(2), 179-206.

BOOKS/BOOK CHAPTERS/EDITED COLLECTIONS

Lynch, Mona. (2016). Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.


Savelsberg, Joachim J. (2016). Repräsentationen von Massengewalt: Strafrechtliche, Humanitäre, Diplomatische und Journalistische Perspektiven auf den Darfurkonflikt. (Representing Mass Violence: Conflicting Responses to Human Rights Violations in Darfur). Frankfurt: Vittorio Klostermann. (English text published in 2015 by the University of California Press. Open access version: http://www.luminosoa.org/site/books/detail/3/representing-mass-violence/)

If you would like your recently published book or article to be included in the next digest,
please send your citation information to Miltonette Craig (mocraig@fsu.edu) by January 31.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

New Books from NYU Press

The NYU Press recently sent out an ad for its Criminology-related titles in time for ASC. A number of these will be of interest to Punishment & Society scholars. Here is the full list, and specific comments follow below.

While there are many really interesting sounding books, here, two may be of especial interest: 

Judah Schept's Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion:
The growth of mass incarceration in the United States eludes neat categorization as a product of the political Right. Liberals played important roles in both laying the foundation for and then participating in the conservative tough on crime movement that is largely credited with the rise of the prison state. But what of those politicians and activists on the Left who reject punitive politics in favor of rehabilitation and a stronger welfare state? Can progressive policies such as these, with their benevolent intentions, nevertheless contribute to the expansion of mass incarceration?

In Progressive Punishment, Judah Schept offers an ethnographic examination into the politics of incarceration in Bloomington, Indiana in order to consider the ways that liberal discourses about therapeutic justice and rehabilitation can uphold the logics, practices and institutions that comprise the carceral state. Schept examines how political leaders on the Left, despite being critical of mass incarceration, advocated for a “justice campus” that would have dramatically expanded the local criminal justice system. At the root of this proposal, Schept argues, is a confluence of neoliberal-style changes in the community that naturalized prison expansion as political common sense among leaders negotiating crises of deindustrialization, urban decline, and the devolution of social welfare. In spite of the momentum that the proposal gained, Schept uncovers resistance among community organizers, who developed important strategies and discourses to challenge the justice campus, disrupt some of the logics that provided it legitimacy, and offer new possibilities for a non-carceral community. A well-researched and well-narrated study, Progressive Punishment offers a novel perspective on the relationship between liberal politics, neoliberalism, and mass incarceration.
Travis Linnemann's Meth Wars: Police, Media, Power:
From the hit television series Breaking Bad, to daily news reports, anti-drug advertising campaigns and  highly publicized world-wide hunts for “narcoterrorists” such as Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the drug, methamphetamine occupies a unique and important space in the public’s imagination.  In Meth Wars, Travis Linnemann situates the "meth epidemic" within the broader culture and politics of drug control and mass incarceration.
Linnemann draws together a range of examples and critical interdisciplinary scholarship to show how methamphetamine, and the drug war more generally, are part of a larger governing strategy that animates the politics of fear and insecurity and links seemingly unrelated concerns such as environmental dangers, the politics of immigration and national security, policing tactics, and terrorism.  The author’s unique analysis presents a compelling case for how the supposed “meth epidemic” allows politicians, small town police and government counter-narcotics agents to engage in a singular policing project in service to the broader economic and geostrategic interests of the United States. 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Members' Recent Publication Digest - October Edition

RECENTLY PUBLISHED WORKS
October 2016

ARTICLES

Brown, M., & Schept, J. (2016). New Abolition, Criminology and a Critical Carceral Studies. Punishment & Society. DOI: 10.1177/1462474516666281

Kerrison, E. M., Bachman, R., & Paternoster, R. (2016). The Effects of Age at Release on Women’s Desistance Trajectories: A Mixed-Method Analysis. Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. DOI: 10.1007/s40865-016-0039-0

Paternoster, R., Bachman, R., Kerrison, E., O’Connell, D., and Smith, L. (2016). Desistance from Crime and Identity: An Empirical Test with Survival Time. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 43(9), 1204-1224.

Rubin, A. T. (2016). Penal Change as Penal Layering: A Case Study of Proto-Prison Adoption and Capital Punishment Reduction, 1785–1822. Punishment & Society, 18(4), 420-441.


BOOKS/BOOK CHAPTERS/EDITED COLLECTIONS

Dzur, A., Loader, I., & Sparks, R. (Eds.). (2016). Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration. New York: Oxford University Press.


If you would like your recently published book or article to be included in the next digest,
please send your citation information to Miltonette Craig (mocraig@fsu.edu) by November 30.