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Labor and Punishment

Work in and out of Prison

Erin Hatton (Editor)


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The insightful chapters in this volume reveal the multiple and multifaceted intersections between mass incarceration and neoliberal precarity. Both mass incarceration and the criminal justice system are profoundly implicated in the production and reproduction of the low-wage “exploitable” precariat, both within and beyond prison walls. The carceral state is a regime of labor discipline—and a growing one—that extends far beyond its own inmate labor. This regime not only molds inmates into compliant workers willing and expected to accept any “bad” job upon release but also compels many Americans to work in such jobs under threat of incarceration, all the while bolstering their “exploitability” and socioeconomic marginality.
Contributors include Anne Bonds, Philip Goodman, Amanda Bell Hughett, Caroline M. Parker, Gretchen Purser, Jacqueline Stevens, and Noah D. Zatz.

Praise For Labor and Punishment: Work in and out of Prison

"Labor and Punishment is an imminently useful resource for students and researchers."
— Criminal Law & Criminal Justice Books

"Hatton…edits and contributes to this valuable collection exploring the particular condition of labor during and after imprisonment. . . .These timely, often polemical studies lead to a dour pronouncement: no institution or system cited is anywhere close to doing it right."

"Labor and Punishment offers to the reader a platform to question whether work must always be synonymous with punishment, and what we, as a society, can do to ensure that it is instead an experience defined by meaning and dignity."
— Exertions

University of California Press, 9780520305342, 282pp.

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

About the Author

Erin Hatton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University at Buffalo in New York. She is the author of Coerced