Adaptation, Compliance, and Resistance
This chapter discusses how prisoners cope with imprisonment. It identifies and explains forms of adaptation, as well as compliance and resistance in a contemporary prison. It reveals significant differences between prisoners in relation to a range of attitudes and behaviours: the main deprivations that they experienced and thus seek to alleviate; the reasons for their compliance; the sources of their resentment; the outlets they use to express frustration and hostility; their views of staff and of the prison as a criminal justice organization; their engagement with officers and the wider system of power; and their future plans and preferences for ‘doing time’.
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