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Author Gariglio, Luigi, author.

Title "Doing" coercion in male custodial settings : an ethnography of Italian prison officers using force / Luigi Gariglio
Published London : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 205 pages) : illustrations
Series Interactionist currents
Interactionist currents.
Contents Foreword / Mary Bosworth -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Studying "doing" coercion : a micro-sociology bricolage -- Peacemaking and beyond : the everyday prison officers' duty -- The bureaucratic organization of "doing" coercion -- Implicit coercion logic -- Symbolic and credible threat of force -- The use of force -- Visual notes from my visual ethnographic diary -- Methodological afterthoughts -- Conclusion: on prison officers and (good) violence -- References -- Index
Summary "This book offers a sustained study of one feature of the prison officer's job: the threat and use of force, which the author calls 'doing' coercion. Adopting an interactionist, micro-sociological perspective, the author presents new research based on almost two years of participant observation within an Italian custodial complex hosting both a prison and a forensic psychiatric hospital. Based on observation of emergency squad interventions during so-called 'critical events', together with visual methods and interviews with staff, 'Doing' Coercion in Male Custodial Settings constitutes an ethnographic exploration of both the organisation and the implicit and explicit practices of threatening and/or 'doing' coercion. With a focus on the lawful yet problematic and discretionary threatening and 'doing' of coercion performed daily on the landing, the author contributes to the growing scholarly literature on power in prison settings, and the developing field of the micro-sociology of violence and of radical interactionism. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology, anthropology and criminology with interests in prisons, power and violence in institutions, and visual methods."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Male prisoners -- Italy -- Social conditions
Prison administration -- Italy
Prison discipline -- Italy
Prison administration.
Prison discipline.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315462672