Ben Crewe

in The Prisoner Society

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780199577965
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702266 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology


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This chapter describes the form and flow of power, as it is applied to HMP Wellingborough's prisoners. It begins by outlining the forms of power that can be used to achieve order and compliance and how these forms can be employed and combined in a number of ways. It also elaborates the terms and techniques of power, providing a detailed account of how they are manifested at HMP Wellingborough and how they formed a specific regime of everyday power — a form of ‘neopaternalism’ that combined elements of neo-liberalism, authoritarianism, and welfarism.

Keywords: power; HMP Wellingborough; order; compliance; neopaternalism; neoliberalism; authoritarianism; welfarism

Chapter.  27168 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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