Skarbek provides an engaging overview of the US mostly California prison
and provides compelling way of understanding the emergence of prison angs He uses the analytical tools of economics drawing on signaling theory constitutional political economy and industrial organization to provide a narrative in which prison The New Alpha gangs emerge to provide protection when norms based on decentralized enforcement no longer provided adeuate means ofoverning social interactions within the prison system This book is a reat example using the economic way of thinking ie rational choice theory to understand something way of thinking ie rational choice theory to understand something has been seen as falling outside the realm of the study of rational actors We learn that we should not see prisoners as non rational actors who only have a preference for racism and violence Skarbek shows that profit can provide the incentive necessary to curtail violent behavior and set up organizations to provide overnance for impersonal exchange We also see that monopoly power is incredibly important to the reduction of violence Skarbek documents these aspects and of prison Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume Set gangs during a period when the increase in prisonangs power coincided with a reduction in violence among prisoners The argument that under current conditions angs make prisoners experiences better and safer than the relevant alternatives which do not include everyone acting peacefully of their own accord is provocative and well supportedBeyond just understanding prison angs and the environmental factors that led to their emergence Skarbek does an excellent job of describing the process of how impersonal exchange emerges after norms Clashing Views on Abnormal Psychology governing personal exchange break down He accomplishes this better than many other authors who have attempted it including Leeson North and Greif A key uestion in this literature is where the shadow of state produced violence does not loom large can impersonal exchange emerge and if so how is it sustained Skarbek shows that impersonal exchange can arise without state enforcement of rules and that this is accomplished when the benefits of creating organizations to provideovernance outweigh their costs Thing I disliked most about the book authors like Skarbek along with Leeson like to distinguish between Writing Matters! - Student Book governance andovernment when arguing that anarchy is not so bad What they fail to admit is the organizations that undergird impersonal exchange where there is no formal overnment are essentially just miniature state like entities that enforce the rules via violence just like a formal overnment would doThing I liked most about the book everything else the economic theory is presented so well and the stories of prison angs are interspersed at the proper points to illustrate the economic concepts I recommend this to everyone I m taking off a star for Skarbek s wooden writing style Other than that this is an impressively well researched highly coherent analysis of a subculture that by its very nature has a strong incentive to hide its existence from anthropological inuiry I daresay it has revolutionized the way I conceptualize organized crime in prison rather than continuing to see it as dysfunctional aberration of a healthy market economy helmed by psychotic ultraviolence addicts I m inclined to favor Skarbek s theory that it is a natural step in social evolution when the typical consumer demands of a severely confined population collide with an lack of legitimate overnance to protect the welfare of market actors An interesting take on racism on page 101 inmates. When most people think of prison Hudson Valley Mediterranean gangs they think of chaotic bands of violent racist thugs Few people think ofangs as sophisticated organizations often with elaborate written constitutions that regulate the prison black market adjudicate conflicts and strategically balance the competing demands of inmates ang members and correctio. Than they causeFacts both anecdotal and as systematic as the data available allows are analyzed fromsystem and provides
A Fresh Economic Perspective Asfresh economic perspective as of stifling jargon as possible and made crystal clear in it s implications A Theory Of Governance Is Used of overnance is used acts like a clarifying lens to make comprehensible what is really The Secrets of Boys going on in the prisons streetangs and political system After several iterations
of the author s use of the theory to explain how prison angs came to be how they operate whatthe author s use of the theory to explain how prison angs came to be how they operate what upsides and downsides are I believe any reasonable reader will agree that the author has not only made his case but will think something like Oh Charlie and the Christmas Kitty geez why did we not think of that beforeThe author uses a wonderful device to hook the reader and keep himher intrigued and emotionally connected throughout the book stories of real prisoners which are as poignant relevant andripping as can beRead the first page and a half to see what I mean I bet you will then read the rest of the book to find out what prison Il sale della vita gangs are really all about and what realistic things can be done to make the system vastly better for taxpayers prisoners and societyThat should be all you need toet into this wonderful book but if you still want let me know and I can My Favorite Things give you details of specific things that really intrigued andor impressed me You seldomet a book which is so admirably clear in its thesis explains why competing explanations are lacking in a conventionally academic book we would have had to dredge through chapters of the author engaging with nonsense in detail in this book this is dispensed with in a few paragraphs pointing out how deficient these theories are and then oes on to show systematically how his explanation is much convincing and action uiding Because of the visceral subject matter and stories the author can rely on this never ceases to be anything but a fascinating read even though he commendably makes his basic points up front and then the rest of the book is mostly repeatedly showing how these points relate to different aspects of prison life and culture The author never The Nine of Us glamorises the subject but never demonises it either Thus he can credit prisonangs for dramatically reducing the level of violence in American prisons while also highlighting the misery and evil they fuel inside and outside of prisons I would have liked the last chapter to be even ambitious and have explicitly suggested lessons from the study not only for prisons but for other areas of informal overnance Some really interesting data points but the book illustrates the problem with relying on self interested sources in this case prison officials and COs to discern the workings of otherwise opaue institutions Especially on the crucial uestion of how prevalent ang activity is in certain systems for which the author only has the opinions of prison officials and they are uite interested in making the Hiding in the Bathroom gang problem seem as large as possible to justify their budgetary needs The Social Order of the Underworld How Prison Gangs Govern the American Penal System 2014 by David Skarbek is a fascinating look into when how and why prisonangs have formed in the US and how they operate The book concentrates on the Californian Prison SystemPrior to the 1950s the Californian Prison system housed a fairly small number of inmates and Skarbek says there were no The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, gangs instead prison inmates had a code that they obeyed that was fairly simple but allowed inmates to remain fairly safe As the population of inmatesrew rapidly prison became. Ct them and why they have a powerful influence over crime even beyond prison walls The ramifications of his findings extend far beyond the seemingly irrational and often tragic society of captives They also illuminate how social and political order can emerge in conditions where the traditional institutions of overnance do not exist. ,
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Who don t know each other can t identify as easily whether someone is a Marxist or a Christian or as uickly as determining whether the inmate IS WHITE OR BLACKAN INMATE CANNOT white or blackan inmate cannot his race so racial segregation limitstaking advantage of roups or falsely claiming membership in a roup Gangs do not form to promote racism race facilitates
gang overnance The problem described here seems to be in a heavily transient population I need to know whethergovernance The problem described here seems to be in a heavily transient population I need to know whether can trust you even if we aren t personally acuainted so you need to display something you can t fake to verify your membership in a The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, group whom I respect if you forge an identity signifier you can take advantage of that identityroup s social capital and your negative actions will degrade its reputation so there s a strong motivation to choose symbols that
resist counterfeiting skin color is inherent in acounterfeiting Skin color is inherent in a body and largely unalterable so it is something I can reliably use to assess your identity and allegiance In all the book is an intriguing look at a brutal clandestine world Skarbek breathes dignity and rationality into the residents of an extremely dehumanizing system without apologizing for their atrocities and that s an admirable literary tightrope to walk An investigation into the nature and purpose of prison Dare Mighty Things gangs through the lens of an economist I don t always agree with the technical tools and economic explanations used but they do lead to conclusions that are interesting and appear to be reasonable Namely that prisonangs arose to fill a security and power vacuum which the prisons and prison staff wereare unable or unwilling to provide themselves Due in part to overcrowding corruption changes in sentencing practices and a variety of other factors The The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife gangs also serve to stabilize and coordinate the in prison economy of drugs weapons information etc at a cost Theangs maintain order and their authority through a monopoly on violenceFairly well put together and easy to read Though certainly not written from a radical prison abolitionist stance the author does seem to arrive at positions which point vaguely in that direction This book is a lot of fun It mixes a bunch of different types of evidence court transcripts interviews administrative data to answer the uesti Alternative titles for this book Anarchy Doesn t Exist or Why Hobbes and Lock Were Wrong This is not an ethnography It is hard to say what it is It is not really suitable for anybody who works in corrections because the information presented is common knowledge It is not really appropriate for those interested in corrections because it oversimplifies Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback gangs in prison I was fine with the book until the end when the author started to offer suggestions for improvements to the corrections system such as a prison voucher system so inmates can choose their facility which he believes will make prisons work harder to make their inmates want to stay at their facility What an amazing book I was a bit dubiousoing in that I would really be able to appreciate this book s topic but was very happily surprisedThe first 10 pages or so are an incredible description of what the book is all about and why it is important Breathtaking in it s fresh clear and realistic approach to explaining the rise of prison Eternal Quest gangs and what to do about themThe book destroys the pernicious myth that prisonangs are the cause of crime and harms to prisoners The case is patiently poignantly and persuasively made that the reverse is the case The Widows Little Secret gangs alleviate crime and insecurity for prisoners. Nal officers Yet as David Skarbek arguesangs form to create order among outlaws producing alternative Resurrection Year governance institutions to facilitate illegal activity He uses economics to explore the secret world of the convict culture inmate hierarchy and prisonang politics and to explain why prison The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department gangs form how formal institutions affe.