The Prison Experience
The Prison Experience
Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe
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Table of Contents - 10 Part One: The Origins - 20 1. Introduction A Process Approach to Prison History - 22 2. Idleness and Labor The Emergence of Prisons in Early Modern Europe - 33 Part Two: Prisoners and Forced Labor - 60 3. The Period of Experimentation Prison Workhouses on the Continent, 1588-1650 - 62 4. In the Margins of Settled Life Imprisonment and the Repression of Begging and Vagrancy - 90 5. Prisons and the Imagination The Public Image, the Miracles of St. Raspinus, and the Pumping Myth - 108 6. The Prison as a Household Management, Forced Labor, and the Economy - 126 7. Thieves, Prostitutes and Aggressors The Evolution of Imprisonment as a Penal Sanction - 156 8. The Prison Experience Internal Life from Above and from Below - 192 Part Three: Prisons and Family Discipline - 242 9. Elites and the Poor Private Confinement: The Environment - 244 10. Drunks, Revellers, and the Insane Private Confinement: The Prisoners - 259 Part Four: The Early Modern Legacy - 278 11. Crossroads Bondage and the Penal System in Western Europe - 280 12. Conclusion Imprisonment, Mentalities, and Social Change - 298 Notes - 304 List of Archival Sources - 338 Bibliography - 342 Index - 356

Pieter Spierenburg

The Prison Experience

Disciplinary Institutions and Their Inmates in Early Modern Europe

The prison occupies a central position in the penal systems of modern countries. Many scholars believed –before the appearance of this book- that imprisonment did not become a major judicial sanction until the nineteenth century and the correction that Pieter Spierenburg provides is still pertinent today. First as a disciplinary institution and later as a penal option, the prison has played an important role in European societies from the late sixteenth century onward. Spierenburg traces the evolution of the prison during the early moden period, with particular emphasis on the prisons of the Netherlands, Germany, and France, but with reference to all of Europe. Spierenburg looks at the daily lives of inmates, a focus that is unusual in historical studies of prisons. He also analyzes the long-term nature of change in prisons and the conceptions of prisoners as persons who had broken away from their family bonds. His work adds to our understanding of social change and daily life in early modern Europe and will appeal to historians, sociologists, and criminologists.

Pieter Spierenburg

Pieter Spierenburg is professor of historical criminology at Erasmus University, the Netherlands.