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Negotiating identities: ethnicity and social relations in a young offenders' institution

Phillips, Coretta ORCID: 0000-0001-9796-7792 (2008) Negotiating identities: ethnicity and social relations in a young offenders' institution. Theoretical Criminology, 12 (3). pp. 313-331. ISSN 1362-4806

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1362480608093309


This article explores the situated nature of male prisoner identities in the late modern British context, using the contrasting theoretical frames of Sykes's (1958) indigenous model and Jacobs' (1979) importation model of prisoner subcultures and social relations. Drawing on eight months of ethnographic fieldwork in an ethnically, religiously and nationally diverse young offenders institution, consideration is given to how prisoners manage and negotiate difference, exploring the contours of racialization and racism which can operate in ambiguous and contradictory ways. Sociological understandings of identity, ethnicity, racialization and racism are used to inform a more empirically grounded theoretical criminology.

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Additional Information: © 2008 SAGE Publications
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2009 13:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:17

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