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


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The concluding chapter synthesizes the study’s main findings, drawing on criminology, and the sociologies of race, ethnicity, gender, and masculinities. The textured story told in this book highlights the absence of a singular picture of race and identity inside. Inside the prison, multicultural conviviality waxes and wanes, significant numbers of prisoners do not assert their identity through their ethnicity, yet blackness is culturally dominant while whiteness seems devoid of meaning, and racism is either avidly disavowed or claimed to have been erased, while for others it is now just better concealed, less blatant, perhaps migrating to covert forms and backstage arenas among both prisoners and prison officers. Entitlement, inequality, and discrimination framed within a discourse of equalities policies have opened up a seething white resentment of perceived minority ethnic advantage.

Keywords: race; ethnicity; gender; masculinities; entitlement; inequality; discrimination

Chapter.  2388 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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