Way Down in the Hole: Race, Intimacy, and the Reproduction of Racial Ideologies in Solitary Confinement (Critical Issues in Crime and Society) (Paperback)

Way Down in the Hole: Race, Intimacy, and the Reproduction of Racial Ideologies in Solitary Confinement (Critical Issues in Crime and Society) By Angela J. Hattery, Earl Smith, Terry A. Kupers (Foreword by) Cover Image
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Based on ethnographic observations and interviews with prisoners, correctional officers, and civilian staff conducted in solitary confinement units, Way Down in the Hole explores the myriad ways in which daily, intimate interactions between those locked up twenty-four hours a day and the correctional officers charged with their care, custody, and control produce and reproduce hegemonic racial ideologies. Smith and Hattery explore the outcome of building prisons in rural, economically depressed communities, staffing them with white people who live in and around these communities, filling them with Black and brown bodies from urban areas and then designing the structure of solitary confinement units such that the most private, intimate daily bodily functions take place in very public ways. Under these conditions, it shouldn’t be surprising, but is rarely considered, that such daily interactions produce and reproduce white racial resentment among many correctional officers and fuel the racialized tensions that prisoners often describe as the worst forms of dehumanization. Way Down in the Hole concludes with recommendations for reducing the use of solitary confinement, reforming its use in a limited context, and most importantly, creating an environment in which prisoners and staff co-exist in ways that recognize their individual humanity and reduce rather than reproduce racial antagonisms and racial resentment.

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About the Author


ANGELA J. HATTERY is a professor of women and gender studies and co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender-Based Violence at the University of Delaware in Newark. She is the author of eleven books, including Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change and The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (both with Earl Smith).

EARL SMITH is a professor of women and gender studies at the University of Delaware in Newark. He also holds the position of Emeritus Rubin Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies and Sociology at Wake Forest University. He is the author of thirteen books, including Policing Black Bodies: How Black Lives Are Surveilled and How to Work for Change and The Social Dynamics of Family Violence (both with Angela J. Hattery).

TERRY A. KUPERS is a psychiatrist and professor emeritus at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He is the author of Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It and Prison Madness: The Mental Health Crisis Behind Bars and What We Must Do About It.

Praise For…


“A stunning exposé and call to change, Way Down in the Hole lays bare the racism of our criminal justice system as it extends into the horror of solitary confinement. No stone is left unturned; Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith have made us aware.”
— Mary Buser

“With passion, clarity, and sociological depth, Professors Hattery and Smith analyze and deconstruct the highest stage of white supremacy in contemporary America: solitary confinement. Way Down in the Hole is antiracist ethnography at its best, an instant classic.”
— Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

“Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery provide us with a startling view of how solitary confinement in U.S. prisons both dehumanizes and racializes. Way Down in the Hole is an insightful analysis of this abuse and the structure of racist lies within society by which it is maintained.”
— Rory McVeigh

“A stunning exposé and call to change, Way Down in the Hole lays bare the racism of our criminal justice system as it extends into the horror of solitary confinement. No stone is left unturned; Angela J. Hattery and Earl Smith have made us aware.”
— Mary Buser

“With passion, clarity, and sociological depth, Professors Hattery and Smith analyze and deconstruct the highest stage of white supremacy in contemporary America: solitary confinement. Way Down in the Hole is antiracist ethnography at its best, an instant classic.”
— Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

“Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery provide us with a startling view of how solitary confinement in U.S. prisons both dehumanizes and racializes. Way Down in the Hole is an insightful analysis of this abuse and the structure of racist lies within society by which it is maintained.”
— Rory McVeigh
Product Details
ISBN: 9781978823785
ISBN-10: 1978823789
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: October 14th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English
Series: Critical Issues in Crime and Society