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The Defences of the Weak by Thomas Mathiesen

‘Mathiesen exploits his material...with great skill and deserves to be widely read.’ The Guardian


The Defences of the Weak: A Sociological Study of a Norwegian Correctional Institution, by Thomas Mathiesen (Professor emeritus of sociology of law in Oslo), reissues this year under our Routledge Revivals program.
 

‘Mathiesen makes an extremely significant contribution to the understanding of the prison community...’ British Journal of Criminology

‘The book is valuable for the light it sheds on the awkward relationship which exists between the custodial staff and the treatment experts in the prison.’ The Law Journal

A sociological study of a Norwegian penal institution, The Defences of the Weak is the first of Mathiesen’s in depth studies of prison. Informed through Mathiesen’s two years spent observing and interviewing inmates and staff in a Norwegian correctional institution, the aim of the study was to consider the extent to which American prisons fit with prison life in a different culture - Norwegian prisons were, at the time of the study, miles away from their US counterparts.

Since its publication, Mathiesen has gone on to a vast range of studies in this and other areas – prison abolition, the sociology of power and counter-power, the media, the Internet and so on. He is currently engaged in a large-scale study of political surveillance in Europe and elsewhere.

This month Professor Mathiesen, in association with KROM - The Norwegian Association for Penal Reform, has co-organized the conference ‘Perspectives on Content and Frames of the Prison’. Taking place in Norway, from the 12th to the 15th of January, the conference investigates themes such as sentencing and the treatment of prisoners.

Established in 1968, KROM is essentially a prisoners’ organization; prisoners and ex-prisoners form the board, along with other members such as researchers, social workers and medical doctors. In many ways, the organization (and the conferences) grew out of Mathiesen’s experiences with The Defences of the Weak.

To learn more about Mathiesen’s fascinating reissue please visit: www.routledge.com/9780415535199

Follow our link to the conference website

(NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER IN PRINT AND E-BOOK FORMAT)

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  1. The Defences of the Weak (Routledge Revivals)

    A Sociological Study of a Norwegian Correctional Institution

    By Thomas Mathiesen

    Series: Routledge Revivals

    This is a sociological study of a Norwegian penal institution. The author spent two years in the institution, observing and interviewing inmates and staff, the target being to learn the extent to which American prisons fit with prison life in a different culture. He gives a fascinating answer to...

    Published April 19th 2012 by Routledge