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Convict Criminology: Inside and Out

Rod Earle


Convict criminology is the study of criminology by those who have first-hand experience of imprisonment. This is the first single-authored account of this unusual perspective. It begins with an overview of the idea that direct experience of incarceration furnishes a criminologist with distinctive resources to analyse and critique ideas about crime, punishment, law and order. The book goes on to critically evaluate the emergence of the perspective within the USA. Key figures, such as Frank Tannenbaum and John Irwin, are identified, and their particular contributions to criminology are discussed ... More

Keywords: convict criminology, criminology, imprisonment, prisons, gender, race, class, colonialism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781447323648
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447323648.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rod Earle, author
The Open University