Interview with Michelle Brown
Author of CULTURE OF PUNISHMENT.
In the new book “The Culture of Punishment” (NYU Press), criminologist Michelle Brown—an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ohio University—considers the intersection between culture and punishment, where “much of the popular knowledge about punishment is constructed.” Brown takes readers to the places where punishment is most likely to be accessed, including film, television, and the unfailingly popular prison tour, providing unique insights into how and why America has become the most punitive nation on earth.
Failure interviewed Brown to learn more about the consequences of mass incarceration, the challenges of getting Americans to reflect on the country’s approach to punishment, and to find out how her students react when given the opportunity to visit a death chamber.
F: What prompted you to write “The Culture of Punishment”?
MB:The idea developed across time, but once I began pursuing a degree in criminology it became clear that punishment was overlooked—not just theoretically but culturally. During the past ten years, I’ve spent a lot of time in prisons doing work with both prisoners and staff, and I became fascinated with the engagements between the people with whom I was interacting and what I was seeing in popular culture.
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The Culture of Punishment:
Prison, Society, and Spectacle.
Paperback: NYU Press, 2009.
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Interviews the Authors of the new book:
‘God is Dead’ and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself
Hands down, my favorite book title of this year is the new volume from the folks at The Other Journal: ‘God is Dead’ and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself: Theological Engagements with the New Atheism, edited by Andrew David, Chris Keller, and Jon Stanley.
In addition to having a great title, you get an added bonus: it’s also a fabulous book! Rather than playing the apologetic game on the new atheists’ rules, this volume brings together a creative mix of genres (essays, interviews, art and poetry) in a constructive vision that is only obliquely a ‘response’ to the new atheism. And it includes some of the most significant voices in contemporary thought, including Charles Taylor, Stanley Fish, John Milbank, Merold Westphal, Luci Shaw, Stanley Hauerwas, and many others.
So I thought I’d pose a few questions to a couple of the editors, Chris Keller and Jon Stanley. I hope you’ll enjoy listening in on the conversation.
JKAS: This book grows out of articles that originally appeared in The Other Journal. Could you tell us a little bit about the journal? How’d it get started? What defines it?
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‘God is Dead’ and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself.
David, Keller and Stanley, eds.
Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2010.
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