The Pains of Racism

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

The Pains of Racism

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Here prisoners' perspectives on their institutional treatment as racialized prisoners are explored. The chapter considers equating the pains and deprivations of imprisonment with the pains of racist treatment and religious discrimination, but goes further to illustrate the ways in which younger and older prisoners from diverse ethnic groups experience the new race equality agenda of the Prison Service, in both positive and negative ways. Fatalistic, oppositional, and retreatist adaptive responses to discriminatory treatment by prison officers are described. The chapter also examines resentment of race equality policies amidst white retrenchment, alongside claims of discrimination and racism being used instrumentally and mischievously by minority ethnic and Muslim prisoners, leading to white majority disadvantage.

Keywords: pain; fanon; racial discrimination; perceptions of racism; backlash; reverse racism; 'playing the race/religion card'; ressentiment

Chapter.  15251 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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