Sociological Aspect of Prison Life

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Sociological Aspect of Prison Life Prison is a microcosm of society—a particularized setting in which inmates create a social system based on life outside of prison but within in the limitations imposed by the prison environment. Prisoners undergo prisonization, defined as “the taking on in greater or less degree of the folkways, mores, customs, and general culture of the penitentiary.” The concept was that each inmate was responsible for himself and for maintaining solidarity with other inmates in opposition to the values of the dominant culture, in prison represented by the guards and the administration. Men who followed the code often called
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Unformatted text preview: themselves convicts; those who did not or who obviously identified with the values of the free world were called inmates. Calling a convict an inmate was a fist fighting insult. In the absence of money (still contraband in many prisons today), an alternate economy developed. The principal medium of exchange was cigarettes. Prison language, or argot, pointing out that it provided “a map of the inmate social system.” It was way to structure the prison experience. I don’t feel that it has changed drastically. I feel that it more so has evolved into a more relevant aspect of the prison system...
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