Introduction: the Research in Context

Richard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms and Will Hay

in Prisons and the Problem of Order

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198258186
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681813 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Introduction: the Research in Context

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Maintenance of an orderly prisoner's community does not imply any problem, and both the procedures and the perception of order may notably differ from one prison society to another. In order to keep overall harmony, individual isolation is seen to be the most effective way. ‘Vicious associations’ and violent actions are believed to take place without solitary confinement. However, many contest this notion since human character is known to result from social interaction, and absence of these relations will be detrimental to the person's development and improvement. With the two opposing perspectives about peace and concordance in the context of prisoners, academic scholars manifest their interest in discovering what type of intervention works better.

Keywords: prisoner's community; order; harmonious relationships; social interaction; vicious associations; isolation

Chapter.  11913 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Criminal Law

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