Spring 2014

Reproducing Social Order: Prisons, Schools, and the Military

Listed in: Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-225


Hannah A. Holleman (Section 01)


This course examines U.S. prisons, schools and the military, as institutions of social reproduction, in historical and comparative perspective. This lens allows for exploration of broad questions regarding the role of the state in society and persistent contradictions of democracy and opportunity vs. coercion and constraint. Specific questions on which the course centers are: How do social inequalities condition the relationship between individuals, institutions, the market and the state? How does privatization affect the mission, activity and future of these institutions? What role do prisons, schools and the military play in reproducing social order on the national and international stage? Readings will consist of sociological perspectives on such questions as well as historical accounts and political texts documenting contests over these institutions and their functions.

Limited to 25 students. Spring semester. Professor Holleman.

SOCI 225 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CONV 209
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM CONV 209

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander Amherst Books TBD
Naked Imperialism: The US Pursuit of Global Dominance John Foster Amherst Books TBD
Privilege, Power, and Difference Allan Johnson Amherst Books TBD
The Militarization of Indian Country Winona LaDuke Amherst Books TBD
Feminism and War: Confronting US Imperialism Robin Riley & Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Minnie Bruce Platt Amherst Books TBD
Education as Enforcement: The Militarization and Corporatization of Schools Kenneth Saltman and David Gabbard Amherst Books TBD
The Rich and the Rest of us: A Poverty Manifesto Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2016