Race, incarceration, and American values

Loury, Glenn C

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  • Creator Glenn C. Loury
  • Format Books
  • Publication
    • Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2008]
    • ©2008
  • Series
  • Physical Details
    • 86 pages ; 19 cm
  • ISBNs 0262123118, 9781435662889, 9780262123112, 1435662881, 026227857X, 9780262278577
  • OCLC ocn216938331, ocn245529879


  • "The United States, home to 5 percent of the world's population, now houses 25 percent of the world's prison inmates. Our incarceration rate is almost 40 percent greater than our nearest competitors (the Banamas, Belarus, and Russia). It is 6.2 times the Canadian rate and 12.3 times the rate in Japan." "Economist Glenn C. Loury argues that this extraordinary mass incarceration is not a response to rising crime rates or a proud success of social policy, but the product of a generation-old collective decision to become a more punitive society. He connects this policy to our history of racial oppression, showing that the punitive turn in American politics and culture emerged in the post-civil rights years and has today become the main vehicle for the reproduction of racial hierarchies." "Scholars Pamela S. Karlan, Tommie Shelby, and Loic Wacquant respond to Loury's arguments and explore further the impact of mass incarceration."--BOOK JACKET.


  • "Based on the 2007 Tanner lectures on human values at Stanford."


  • I. Race, Incarceration, and American Values -- II. Forum -- Pamela S. Karlan -- Loic Wacquant -- Tommie Shelby
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