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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3123: Punishment, Imprisonment and Detention

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Prison Reform Trust (2019) Prison: the facts. Bromley Briefings Summer 2019. Available online at

Garland, D (1991) 'Sociological perspectives on punishment' Crime and Justice 14:115- 165

Sykes, G. (2007), The Society of Captives: A Study of a Maximum Security Prison. Princeton: Princeton University Press. The chapter on 'Pains of Imprisonment', available here: