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Joshua Page

Protrait: Joshua Page

Associate Professor
Ph.D. 2007 University of California Berkeley
Room 935 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-9333

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Crime, Law, Deviance, and Punishment; Labor and Unionization; Political Sociology; Qualitative Research Methods; Social Theory.

Current Research

Breaking the Pendulum: The Long Struggle over Criminal Justice (under contract with Oxford University Press)

With coauthors Phil Goodman and Michelle Phelps, I am writing a book that uses historical case studies of state penal development to illustrate a new model of penal change. Rather than the “pendulum model” of mechanical cycles between rehabilitative and punitive pulls, we argue that the process of policy formation and implementation is a result of continued “agonistic” friction between actors with competing interests and goals. This ever-present contestation makes criminal punishment, to borrow a phrase from Pat O’Malley (1999), inherently volatile and contradictory.

The Minnesota Juvenile Justice Transitions Project

This study analyzes the transition of young offenders from Minnesota juvenile justice institutions back into their communities. It investigates the following question: What factors impede or facilitate the “reentry” process for juvenile offenders after release? I am writing a book provisionally calledOn the Edgethat focuses on three of the young men from this study. I’m hoping to have the book out in 2015.

Selected Publications

The 'Toughest Beat': Politics, Punishment, and the Prison Officers' Union in California. 2011. Book Cover: The Toughest BeatNew York: Oxford University Press.

"Manufacturing Affinity: The Fortification and Expression of Ties between Prison Officers and Crime Victims." 2008. Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 37(6):745-777.

  • 2010 American Sociological Association, Labor and Labor
    Movements Section, Best Article Award

“Mr. Blue and the Fatal Circle: A Tribute to Edward Bunker.” 2005. The Chronicle of Higher Education Review 52(3, September):B19.

"Eliminating the Enemy: The Import of Denying Prisoners Access to Higher Education in Clinton's America." 2004. Punishment and Society, 6(4):357-3.