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Dress Behind Bars: Prison Clothing as Criminality

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From nineteenth-century broad arrows and black and white stripes to twenty first-century orange jumpsuits,  prison clothing has both mirrored and bolstered the power of penal institutions over prisoners’ lives. Vividly illustrated and based on original research, including  throughout the voices of the incarcerated,  this book is a pioneering history and investigation of pr ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 15th 2009 by I. B. Tauris (first published January 1st 2009)
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The subject of prison clothing never really enters my mind, the image of a man in a black and white striped suit and some screenshots of A Man Escaped being the only images it conjures. Dress Behind Bars made me question why I had never given the subject a second thought. Juliet Ash discusses its development in detail, framing the subject in contemporary thought, political and social reforms and financial restraints, making the subject compelling by putting it in context.

Apparently, my lack of
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs, fashion theorists, ambitious true-crime readers, philosophers, prison reformists
Shelves: nonfic, history, crime
A thorough survey of the history of prison clothing from ~1800 to today, focusing on the British and American prison systems. (The author discusses prisons in other nations, especially those colonized by Britain, but these are gestural remarks that only provide starting points for truly interested readers.)

Juliet Ash describes the far-from-linear evolution of regulations regarding prison dress. For example, permitting inmates to wear their own clothing could mean a recognition of the basic dign
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