Adaptation, Compliance, and Resistance

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

Adaptation, Compliance, and Resistance

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This chapter discusses how prisoners cope with imprisonment. It identifies and explains forms of adaptation, as well as compliance and resistance in a contemporary prison. It reveals significant differences between prisoners in relation to a range of attitudes and behaviours: the main deprivations that they experienced and thus seek to alleviate; the reasons for their compliance; the sources of their resentment; the outlets they use to express frustration and hostility; their views of staff and of the prison as a criminal justice organization; their engagement with officers and the wider system of power; and their future plans and preferences for ‘doing time’.

Keywords: imprisonment; adaptation; compliance; resistance; attitudes; behaviours; resentment; frustration; hostility; power

Chapter.  40298 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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