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Published: 01 October 2009

532 Pages


ISBN: 9780199577965

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Chapter 1

The Prisoner Society

Power, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison

Ben Crewe

Clarendon Studies in Criminology

  • A major ethnographic study of prison life based on interviews with prisoners and staff, covering their life histories and prison experiences
  • Provides a detailed analysis of penal power and its impact on prisoner adaptation and social life, including interpersonal relationships, hierarchies and everyday culture
  • Clearly written and thoroughly researched, the book explores new dimensions of prison life in an engaging and scholarly way
  • Takes full account of prisoners' pre-prison biographies and identities, as well as the managerial and institutional context

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