Chapter 1

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The Science of Culture

At Sanganer Camp in north India, the wall dividing the compound from the outside world is two feet high, low enough that even children can climb over it. Sanganer Camp is an open prison village with 170 families and three guards. Each prisoner is serving a life sentence for murder.

Prisoners, all of them men, must be in the camp from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. but otherwise can work in one of the nearby villages. Their families live with them and are supported by the men’s work. In the last decade, there have been only six escapees, and in 50 years, no prisoner has committed another murder. This prison, and others like it ...

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