OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Social Order of the Underworld: How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System

ISBN : 9780199328505

参考価格(税込): 
¥6,171
著者: 
David Skarbek
ページ
240 ページ
フォーマット
Paperback
サイズ
170 x 238 mm
刊行日
2014年07月
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This book challenges the widely held view that inmates create prison gangs to promote racism and violence. On the contrary, gangs form to create order. Most people assume that violent inmates left to themselves will descend into a chaotic anarchy, but that's not necessarily the case. This book studies the hidden order of the prison underworld to understand how order arises among outlaws. It uses economics to explore the secret world of the convict culture, inmate hierarchy, and prison gang politics. Inmates engaged in illegal activity cannot rely entirely on state-based governance institutions, such as courts of law and the police, to create order. Correctional officers will not resolve a dispute over a heroin deal gone wrong or help kill a predatory rapist. Yet, the inmate social system is relatively orderly and underground markets flourish. In today's prisons, gangs play a pivotal role in protecting inmates and facilitating illicit commerce. They have sophisticated internal structures and often rely on elaborate written constitutions. To maintain social order, gangs adjudicate conflicts and orchestrate strategic acts of violence to negotiate the competing demands of inmates, gang members, and correctional officers. This book uses economics to explain why prison gangs form, how formal institutions affect them, and why they have a powerful influence even over crime beyond prison walls. Economics explains the seemingly irrational, truly astonishing, and often tragic world of life among the society of captives.

目次: 

Acknowledgements
1. Governance Institutions and the Prison Community
Men's Central Jail
2. The Convict Code
Death Row
3. The Rise of Prison Gangs
My Brother's Keeper
4. Governance in the Society of Captives
Background Check
5. The Internal Organization of Prison Gangs
MacArthur Park
6. How Prison Gangs Govern the Outside
Puppet
7. What Works?
References

著者について: 

David Skarbek is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. His research examines extralegal governance and the economics of crime and punishment. He received his Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University. He grew up in San Jose California and now lives in London.

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