With both empathy and a critical eye god in captivity grapples with the questions of how faith based programs serve the punitive regime of the prison becoming a method of control behind bars even as prisoners use them as a lifeline for self transformation and dignity. God in captivity the rise of faith based prison ministries in the age of mass incarceration paperback. As a whole god in captivity is of singular significance in that it offers one of the first comprehensive histories of faith based prison ministries and their place in the larger framework of recent political and social history the final chapter is itself a significant scholarly contribution. God in captivity the rise of faith based prison ministries in the age of mass incarceration the rise of faith based prison ministries in the age of mass incarceration. God in captivity tanya erzen boston beacon press 2017 summary explores the role that faith based predominantly evangelical ministries are playing in the us prison system the hope they offer inmates and the ways they may reinforce the efforts toward control and maintenance of a retributive
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