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The Prisoner SocietyPower, Adaptation and Social Life in an English Prison$
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Ben Crewe

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199577965

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577965.001.0001

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(p.79) 4 Power
The Prisoner Society

Ben Crewe

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the form and flow of power, as it is applied to HMP Wellingborough's prisoners. It begins by outlining the forms of power that can be used to achieve order and compliance and how these forms can be employed and combined in a number of ways. It also elaborates the terms and techniques of power, providing a detailed account of how they are manifested at HMP Wellingborough and how they formed a specific regime of everyday power — a form of ‘neopaternalism’ that combined elements of neo-liberalism, authoritarianism, and welfarism.

Keywords:   power, HMP Wellingborough, order, compliance, neopaternalism, neoliberalism, authoritarianism, welfarism

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