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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Doing Prison Work

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ISBN13: 9781843920359
ISBN: 1843920352
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Willan Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £70.00

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This title provides a sociological account of the social world of the English prison officer, making an original contribution to our understanding of the inner life of prisons in general and the working lives of prison officers in particular. As well as revealing how the job of the prison officer - and of the prison itself - is accomplished on a day to day basis, the book explores not only what prison officers do but also how they feel about their work.;In focusing on how prison officers feel about their work this book makes a number of interesting revelations - about the essentially domestic nature of much of the work they do, about the degree of emotional labour invested in it and about the performance nature of many of the day-to-day interactions between officers and prisoners. Finally, the book follows the prison officer home after work, showing how the prison can spill over into their home lives and family relationships.;Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork in different types of prisons (including interviews with prison officers' wives and children as well as prison officers themselves), this book will be essential reading for all those with an interest in how prisons and organisations more generally operate in practice.

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Prison Law
Setting the scene - power, culture, domesticity and emotion; Learning the rules, managing feelings - becoming a prison officer; Emotion and performance - the presentation of self in prisons; How officers see themselves, their work and each other; Stories of husbands and wives - the spillage of prison work; Conclusions; Reflections on the research Process.