“A Pretty Shitty Place Out There”

James B. Waldram

in Hound Pound Narrative

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272552
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780520952478 | DOI:
“A Pretty Shitty Place Out There”

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This chapter examines prospective narratives, as the inmates look into their futures as sexual offenders and explore anticipated experiences both in their home penitentiaries and in the community. Such prospective narratives often contain elements of both pragmatism and romanticism. The narratives are largely of two types: those that offer a fairly realistic assessment of the future and concentrate on the reestablishment of family, shelter, and employment; and those that largely fail to look beyond their daily existence in prison, or beyond the length of their prison terms. Most men know that they will have to work to regain the trust of those who are most meaningful to them. Moreover, they are aware of both state regulations and civil society maneuverings designed to keep them under surveillance and, in effect, to regulate and even inhibit their ability to reintegrate into society.

Keywords: sexual offender; future; pragmatism; romanticism; state regulations; civil society

Chapter.  10626 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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