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Parution : 07/2019
Editeur : Bloomsbury
ISBN : 978-1-3500-5532-2
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Italian Prisons in the Age of Positivism, 1861-1914

Mary Gibson

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During a period dominated by the biological determinism of Cesare Lombroso, Italy constructed a new prison system that sought to reconcile criminology with nation building and new definitions of citizenship. Italian Prisons in the Age of Positivism, 1861-1914 examines this "second wave" of global prison reform between Italian Unification and World War I, providing fascinating insights into the relationship between changing modes of punishment and the development of the modern Italian state.

Mary Gibson focuses on the correlation between the birth of the prison and the establishment of a liberal government, showing how rehabilitation through work in humanitarian conditions played a key role in the development of a new secular national identity. She also highlights the importance of age and gender for constructing a nuanced chronology of the birth of the prison, demonstrating that whilst imprisonment emerged first as a punishment for women and children, they were often denied "negative" rights, such as equality in penal law and the right to a secular form of punishment. Employing a wealth of hitherto neglected primary sources, such as yearly prison statistics, this cutting-edge study also provides glimpses into the everyday life of inmates in both the new capital of Rome and the nation as a whole.

Italian Prisons in the Age of Positivism, 1861-1914 is a vital study for understanding the birth of the prison in modern Italy and beyond.

Mary Gibson is Professor Emerita of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA.



1. Punishment before Italian Unification
2. The Failed Revolution in Punishment
3. Prison Consolidation and Reform
4. Women and the Convent Prison
5. Men: From Chains to the Penitentiary
6. Juvenile Reformatories between State and Charity
7. Prisons on the Margin: Police Camps and Criminal Insane Asylums
8. Laboratories of Criminal Anthropology

History of Crime, Deviance and Punishment , 336 pages.  $162.00

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