The society of captives : a study of a maximum security prison.


Gresham Sykes wrote the book at the height of the Cold War, motivated by the world's experience of fascism and communism to study the closest thing to a totalitarian system in American life: a maximum security prison. The book is remarkably short--just 150 pages--but bristles with ideas. Sykes argued that many of the psychological effects of modern prison are even more brutal than the physical cruelties of the past. The trauma of being designated one of the very worst human beings in the world left prisoners with lifelong ...

Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison 1971, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691028149

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