Crime and Punishment in American Culture: Power and Poetics

Daniel LaChance
Emory University
Discipline(s): History
Syllabus Last Updated: 
March, 2016

This class aims to help students understand the ideological, economic, and cultural sources of the punitive turn, the ratcheting up of incarceration and other forms of harsh punishment since the 1970s. It gives equal attention to the  popular representations and imaginings of punishment and the lived experience of those who have administered and suffered it.