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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3141: The Anthropology of Prisons

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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.


Reed, Adam. 2006. Papua New Guinea's Last Place: Experiences of Constraint in a Postcolonial Prison. Oxford and New York: Berghahn. 


Rhodes, Lorna A. 2001. ‘Toward an Anthropology of Prisons’. Annual Review of Anthropology 20: 65-83.

da Cunha, Manuela. 2014. ‘The Ethnography of Prisons and Penal Confinement’. Annual Review of Anthropology43: 217-233.

da Cunha, Manuela. 2008. ‘Closed Circuits: Kinship, Neighbourhoods and Incarceration in Urban Portugal’. Ethnography 9(3): 325–350.

Spedding, Alison, L. 1999. ‘Dreams of Leaving: Life in the Feminine Penitentiary Centre, Miraflores, La Paz, Bolivia’. Anthropology Today 15(2): 11-17.

Bandyopadhyay, M. 2010. Everyday Life in a Prison: Confinement, Surveillance, Resistance. New Delhi: Orient BlackSwan.

Feldman A. 1991. Formations of Violence: The Narrative of the Body and Political Terror in Northern Ireland. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press.