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Big House on the Prairie: Rise of the Rural Ghetto and Prison Proliferation

John M. Eason


This book represents a new approach to the study of punishment by explaining the causes and consequences of the prison boom from the perspective of the rural, southern towns most directly affected by prison building. Prison placement is often oversimplified as a dubious choice for rural community leaders: a way to secure jobs that may stigmatize their communities. By relocating from Chicago, Illinois to Forrest City, Arkansas I uncovered the challenges facing a community that pursued and secured a prison facility. Some rural leaders see attracting a prison as a way to achieve order in a changi ... More

Keywords: prisons, racism, punishment, political economy, ghetto, rural, prison industrial complex

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226410203
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226410487.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Eason, author
Texas A&M University