Labor and Punishment: Work in and Out of Prison

Front Cover
Erin Hatton
Univ of California Press, May 25, 2021 - Business & Economics - 282 pages
0 Reviews
Reviews aren't verified, but Google checks for and removes fake content when it's identified
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Gender Carceral Precarity
Prison Labor in America
Prison Labor
Beyond the Prison
Labor Therapy and Surrogate
On the Vulnerability
List of Contributors

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2021)

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

Bibliographic information