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Reading and being trapped

In the first comprehensive study of book lending and libraries in Swiss prisons and correctional facilities, Thomas Sutter shows how organization, structures and personnel factors influence prison library work and which reading modalities are gaining in importance in captivity. In addition, in a comparative analysis of five selected prison novels, the author investigates the literary representation of reading books, the libraries and the characters of the readers. In an overarching conclusion, the importance of reading in prison (roman) is discussed and recommendations for action for the prison library work are formulated.

 The content

  • Reading in prison
  • Books in jail
  • Factors influencing prison library work
  • Books, libraries and reader characters in prison novels
  • Prison literature

 The target groups

  • Lecturers and students in the fields of media, communication and literary studies with a focus on librarianship and book and reading research,
  • Employees of organizations, institutions and libraries in the penal system

  The author

Thomas Sutter did his doctorate at the Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich and works as a research assistant in the Department of Justice of the Canton of Zurich.

Keywords

Library structures Prison libraries Prisons as social institutions Prisons Modern custodial sentences Special libraries

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Thomas Sutter did his doctorate at the Institute for Mass Communication and Media Research at the University of Zurich and works as a research assistant in the Department of Justice of the Canton of Zurich.

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