From Boys to Men: Racialized Masculinities Inside

Coretta Phillips

in The Multicultural Prison

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697229
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191760556 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

From Boys to Men: Racialized Masculinities Inside

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A central referent for demonstrating masculinity is localised ‘postcode’ identities and aggressive territorialism, which overlay racialized identities among younger prisoners, and which structure micro-interactions, allegiances, and disputes in the prison. The contrast with the strong paternal identifications of many older prisoners often constructed during the introspection imposed by a prison sentence underline the contingencies of masculine subjectivities and how these are conditioned by the prison as a specifically gendered cultural environment. The use of the gym by prisoners to build ‘body capital’ provides a lens for examining this in practice, as does understanding men's experiences of fathering and being fathered. Prisoners' sexual identities are also examined. The dimensions of racialized masculinities as variously performed by prisoners, loosely correspond with, but cannot be reduced to, conventional notions of hegemonic masculinity, with similar stories told by prisoners regardless of their race or ethnicity.

Keywords: violence; cussing; racist bullying; hypermasculinity; sexuality; fathers; muslim gangs; prison gangs; sexual violence

Chapter.  17049 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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