This paper is a review of Jilava: O radiografie socială a unui penitenciar (en. Jilava: a penitentiary’s social radiography) written by the sociologist PhD Lucian Rotariu. Doing time is a topical subject in the studies conducted by scholars from social disciplines. In his book the roles, norms, social relations and conditions observed in a Romanian prison are analyzed from a sociological perspective. Using a qualitative approach, the author interviewed 38 inmates from Bucharest-Jilava Prison. Following a pointillist perspective, where each social sequence has a place and time in the inside world, the author managed to offer an honest, equidistant and professional study for all the social actors (researchers, practitioners) interested in the prison subject.
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