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Book review: on the run: fugitive life in an American City by Alice Goffman

Newburn, Tim (2014) Book review: on the run: fugitive life in an American City by Alice Goffman. LSE Review of Books (10 Jul 2014). Website.

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Tim Newburn is impressed by Alice Goffman’s book On The Run: a look at the lives of the young African American men who are caught up in a web of warrants and surveillance in a neighbourhood in Philadelphia. As a work of ethnography it is outstanding. As a piece of social science it is refreshingly and gloriously readable –how often can one say that of sociology these days? And as an insight into the reach and effect of the contemporary penal state on the day-to-day lives of Black urban America it is unparalleled.

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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 2.0; Online
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2017 08:01
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2020 23:12

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