Everyday Social Life and Culture

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

Everyday Social Life and Culture

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This chapter examines aspects of everyday social life and culture in HMP Wellingborough. It focuses on the informal economy and drug culture, issues of interpersonal politics and conflict, the prisoner value system and emotional rules, and the public and private sentiments of the prisoner society. It details the normative framework that legitimated prisoner behaviour and explains deviations in belief and action, and the consequences of violating codes of acceptable practice.

Keywords: social life; culture; HMP Wellingborough; informal economy; drug culture; conflict; prisoner value system; prisoner behaviour

Chapter.  32411 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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