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Big House on the PrairieRise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation$
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John M. Eason

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226410203

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.001.0001

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Finding Beauty in the Hideous: Prison Placement as Reputation Management

Finding Beauty in the Hideous: Prison Placement as Reputation Management

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(p.65) Four Finding Beauty in the Hideous: Prison Placement as Reputation Management
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Big House on the Prairie
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John M. Eason

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.003.0004

I show how local decision makers construct narratives of how the FCFCF will improve the town’s reputation. In order to build support for placement, the prison, an otherwise stigmatized institution, is reframed as a savior, a stabilizer, or a way to advance Forrest City. These narratives are used in the campaign to effectively reframe NIMBY (Not in My Backyard) to PIMBY (Please in My Backyard) regarding placement. Residents show a willingness to accept a stigmatized institution based on characteristics of the community and the institution. I suggest that when a town becomes more stigmatized than an institution like a prison or hazardous-waste facility, the town is more willing to accept these institutions to save their reputation.

Keywords:   NIMBY, PIMBY, reputation management

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