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    Carlos Aguirre(Author)

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The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds is the first major historical study of the creation and development of the prison system in Peru. Carlos Aguirre examines the evolution of prisons for male criminals in Lima from the conception-in the early 1850s-of the initial plans to build penitentiaries through the early-twentieth-century prison reforms undertaken as part of President Augusto Leguia's attempts to modernize and expand the Peruvian state. Aguirre reconstructs the social, cultural, and doctrinal influences that determined how lawbreakers were treated, how programs of prison reform fared, and how inmates experienced incarceration. He argues that the Peruvian prisons were primarily used not to combat crime or to rehabilitate allegedly deviant individuals, but rather to help reproduce and maintain an essentially unjust social order. In this sense, he finds that the prison system embodied the contradictory and exclusionary nature of modernization in Peru.Drawing on a large collection of prison and administrative records archived at Peru's Ministry of Justice, Aguirre offers a detailed account of the daily lives of men incarcerated in Lima's jails. In showing the extent to which the prisoners actively sought to influence prison life, he reveals the dynamic between prisoners and guards as a process of negotiation, accommodation, and resistance. He describes how police and the Peruvian state defined criminality and how their efforts to base a prison system on the latest scientific theories-imported from Europe and the United States-foundered on the shoals of financial constraints, administrative incompetence, corruption, and widespread public indifference. Locating his findings within the political and social mores of Lima society, Aguirre reflects on the connections between punishment, modernization, and authoritarian traditions in Peru.

"[A] pathbreaking study of state punishment in Peru. . . ." --Carolyn Strange, "Radical History Review""This well-researched, scholarly, and didactic work is highly recommended for professionals and serious students of history, law, corrections, and criminology." --"Colonial Latin American Historical Review""[A] superbly researched and written book. . . . Aguirre's work contributes not only to our understanding of the Peruvian situation, but also provides an invaluable comparative perspective." --Kristin Ruggiero, "The Americas""Aguirre's book is well organized and well written. It constitutes a model of how to combine in one investigation diverse sources, quantitative and qualitative methods, and levels of analysis." --Ivan Molina-Jiminez, "American Historical Review""This is a well-researched historical understanding of institutions and confinement in Peru. ... A major strength of this book is providing readers with key issues that are generally raised in the field of corrections while appreciating the importance of using a contextual framework...." --Pamela Schram, "International Criminal Justice Review""Though the book steeps the reader in details, transporting her to a time and place that may be unfamiliar for many readers, it is accessible to nonspecialists and will no doubt enlighten many--not only about the history of Lima's prisons but also about punishment and society in settings that are likely unfamiliar for many US readers." --Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, "Punishment & Society""[A] broad ranging and highly rewarding study. . . . [Aguirre's] book helps pave the way for a new history of . . . Peru's modern period. . . . [T]his book is not only a superb social and cultural history of Lima's prisons, but also a brilliant and challenging example of how some of the key issues in Peruvian history can be addressed." --Paulo Drinot," Journal of Latin American Studies""Many historians and most Latin Americanists will find this book engaging even if they lack interest in criminology. . . . Carlos Aguirre addresses much more than the criminals of Lima and their world, giving readers an understanding of Peruvian society far beyond the walls of its prisons. . . . Aguirre has produced a work of impressive research. He analyzes a variety of topics, both broad and narrow in scope, and the completion of this difficult task merits commendation. This book contributes significantly to the understanding of Peruvian criminology, the penal system and Peruvian society in general." --Michael Perri," Journal of Social History"""The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds" is an exhaustively researched and pathbreaking historical inquiry. It will, I think, stand as the definitive study on the criminal population and prison experience in Lima for many years to come."--Peter F. KlarEn, author of "Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes"The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds is an exhaustively researched and pathbreaking historical inquiry. It will, I think, stand as the definitive study on the criminal population and prison experience in Lima for many years to come. Peter F. Klaren, author of Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes"A comprehensive, well-researched, and insightful study, The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds brings together in a single volume a series of issues that other studies have treated separately: attitudes toward criminals and the sociocultural construction of crime; strategies and quotidian practices of policing; the importation and imperfect adoption of European positivist criminology; prison regimes and the birth of the penitentiary; and the relationship between crime, the courts, and broader questions of political power. David S. Parker, author of The Idea of the Middle Class: White-Collar Workers and Peruvian Society, 1900 1950""The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds is an exhaustively researched and pathbreaking historical inquiry. It will, I think, stand as the definitive study on the criminal population and prison experience in Lima for many years to come."--Peter F. Klaren, author of Peru: Society and Nationhood in the Andes"A comprehensive, well-researched, and insightful study, The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds brings together in a single volume a series of issues that other studies have treated separately: attitudes toward criminals and the sociocultural construction of crime; strategies and quotidian practices of policing; the importation and imperfect adoption of European positivist criminology; prison regimes and the birth of the penitentiary; and the relationship between crime, the courts, and broader questions of political power."--David S. Parker, author of The Idea of the Middle Class: White-Collar Workers and Peruvian Society, 1900-1950

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  • PDF | 328 pages
  • Carlos Aguirre(Author)
  • Duke University Press (29 Mar. 2005)
  • English
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