Asian Journal of Criminology

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 333–335 | Cite as

Review of Leonidas K. Cheliotis, The Arts of Imprisonment: Control, Resistance and Empowerment

Farnham, Surrey–England: Ashgate Publishing Limited (Advances in Criminology Series), 2012. ISBN 9780754675860, 322 pages, £75.00 (paperback/hardcover)
  • Rosemary Ricciardelli
  • Lisa Adams
Book Review

Cheliotis, across the edited collection entitled The Arts of Imprisonment: Control, Resistance and Empowerment, brings together a collection of authors to explore the underpinnings in the use of art in prisons as tools of resistance to ‘penal states’ and as measures to control prisoners and, more generally, the public. The work continues to reveal the pedagogical foundation of the philosophy, formation, organization, process, and evaluation of art-in-prison programming with an emphasis on the political ‘agenda(s)’ impacting such programming. The chapters range from poetic storytelling to analytic discussion and historical reviews, always beautifully written with diverse emphases, thus leaving something particularly favorable to those in appreciation of style of prose. All the while, each author uniquely acknowledges that the meaning of “art” is rooted in the interpretive paradigm and as such is then explored collectively, across chapters, to illustrate its value in the, at times, most...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology, Faculty of ArtsMemorial University of NewfoundlandSt. John’sCanada
  2. 2.MacEwan UniversityEdmontonCanada

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