Insider Masculinity and the Game of Law

Adam D. Reich

in Hidden Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262669
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947788 | DOI:
Insider Masculinity and the Game of Law

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When young men involved in crime enter juvenile prisons or training centers, they get involved in the Game of Law, the rules and rewards of which are enforced by the staff and administrators of the juvenile prisons. This chapter explores the Game of Law and notes that the conceptions of money, power, and respect on which it is based differ radically from how the concepts are understood in the Game of Outlaw. It examines the vocational training, reincarceration rate of inmates, and level system of categorizing inmates at the juvenile correction facility Rhode Island Training School. Conflating the goals of rehabilitation and management underneath the rhetoric of personal responsibility, the Training School seeks to instill in young offenders the desire to be disciplined workers and husbands. Those who play the Game of Law seem to have adopted a view of the social world that can be labeled a pure idealism, a dogmatic belief in individual responsibility and rigid separation between good and evil.

Keywords: young offenders; Rhode Island; juvenile prisons; rehabilitation; vocational training

Chapter.  8365 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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