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Supermax - Western Rule

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 03 November 2010

Laurie Taylor explores the growth of high security prisons in America alongside the increased use of solitary confinement with criminologist Dr Sharon Shalev whose book 'Supermax' examines both topics. Laurie's second discussion is with Professor Ian Morris whose major new book 'Why The West Rules- For Now' examines the rise and fall and rise of Eastern and Western societies and asks whether it's possible for historians to predict the future with any confidence.

Producer: Chris Wilson.

  • Sharon Shalev

    Research Fellow at the in the Mannheim Centre for Criminology

    Supermax: Controlling Risk Through Solitary Confinement
    (Winner of the prestigious British Society of Criminology's Book Prize for 2010)
    Publisher: Willan Publishing
    ISBN-10: 1843924080
    ISBN-13: 978-1843924081

    Find out more about Sharon Shalev
  • Ian Morris

    Willard Professor of Classics, Professor of History and Director of the Archaeology Centre at Stanford University
    History Department, 450 Serra Mall, Building 200, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-2024 USA
    Tel: 001 650 723 2651

    Why The West Rules – For Now: The Patterns of History and what they reveal about the Future
    Publisher: Profile Books
    ISBN-10: 1846682088
    ISBN-13: 978-1846682087

    Find out more about Ian Morris



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