The Culture of Punishment  


The Culture of Punishment
NYU Press | October 15, 2009 | 260 pages
ISBN: 9780814791004

America is the most punitive nation in the world, incarcerating more than 2.3 million peopleā€”or one in 136 of its residents. Against the backdrop of this unprecedented mass imprisonment, punishment permeates everyday life, carrying with it complex cultural meanings. In The Culture of Punishment, Michelle Brown goes beyond prison gates and into the routine and popular engagements of everyday life, showing that those of us most distanced from the practice of punishment tend to be particularly harsh in our judgments.