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Published: 30 April 2012

528 Pages

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780199653546

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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 over 120 in-depth interviews with prisoners and staff, covering their life histories and prison experiences
  • Provides a detailed analysis of the flow of power, social order and governance, social relations and hierarchy, everyday prison culture, and the effects of imprisonment on prisoners
  • 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 of the managerial context in which the prison exists