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Prisons and Punishment in Texas: Culture, History and by Hannah Thurston

By Hannah Thurston

This e-book explores the id of Texas as a kingdom with a wide and serious penal method. It does so by means of assessing the narratives at paintings in Texas museums and vacationer websites linked to prisons and punishment. In such cultural associations, advanced narratives are awarded, which convey celebratory tales of Texan longevity within the penal sphere, in addition to poignant tales concerning the witnessing of executions, comical tales that normalize the harsher facets of Texan punishment, and shows approximately felony officials who've misplaced their lives within the struggle on crime. In analysing those representations, the ebook exhibits that Texan historical past performs an enormous position within the construction of Texan self-identity, and that to appreciate the Texan dedication to harsh punishment we has to be ready to target Texan myths and stories.
Prisons and Punishment in Texas attracts on varied interdisciplinary paintings, together with criminology, cultural reports approximately Southern values, in addition to learn on cultural reminiscence and darkish tourism. Museums are proven to be under-researched websites of criminological importance, which supply wealthy facts in which penal imaginaries and the cultural position of punishment may be explored. The booklet might be of serious curiosity to criminologists in addition to students of sociology, cultural reviews, museum reviews and politics.

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Estelle (1980) was that conditions of imprisonment in Texas were unconstitutional.  76). Marquart et al. (1998) likewise trace the history of ‘race’ in Texas, although rather than writing an account of the penitentiary system, the authors focus on the history of execution. Much like Trulson and Marquart (2009), they begin by describing the ways in which, after the abolition of slavery, white Texans maintained racial order through extralegal violence. Moving through the late 1800s and early 1900s, Marquart et al.

Like I say, we can fix you up if you want? 3 Becoming a Texas Tourist 37 I was unable to attend the workshop as the next one was not until November, at which point I would be in El Paso—a three hour flight away from Beaumont. (I did, however, get the chance to shoot a rifle later that day, on a friend’s farm located between Beaumont and Houston. 6). Tourists are encouraged go inside the cells and have their pictures taken if they wish. While we were inside Doug spoke about the Fig. 6 Beaumont cell 38 Prisons and Punishment in Texas locking mechanism which was housed in a large lockable box.

Firstly, Texas is a place of particularly harsh punishment and secondly, a state-specific approach reveals complexities which become lost in totalising arguments about ‘America’ or indeed ‘the South’. Similarly, Barker (2009) asserts that ‘national trends’ tell us very little about punishment in America. Using California, Washington and New York as case studies, Barker argues that a state-specific approach is long overdue. Indeed, if we consider the state-level statistical data associated with punishment in America we find there is massive variation between individual states.

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