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Accession Number PB2013-100127
Title Under the Penal Gaze: An Empirical Examination of Penal Consciousness Among Prison Inmates.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 217p
Personal Author L. Sexton
Abstract This dissertation develops a new theoretical framework that examines the ways in which prisoners orient to and make meaning of their punishment in order to more fully understand the nature of penality writ large. The framework, which I call penal consciousness, moves beyond the limited, objective view of punishment as legal sanction to a more expansive view of penality that privileges subjectivity and meaning. Through the inductive analysis of 80 in-depth, qualitative interviews with Ohio state prisoners, I investigate the ways in which penality defined here that which is experienced as punishing or recognized as punishmentis understood by different populations of prisoners in different carceral settings. This design allows me to examine the patterned nature of punishment across populations (male and female prisoners) and settings (traditional indirect and innovative direct supervision carceral environments) while setting the stage for a broadly applicable theoretical framework. The penal consciousness framework examines punishment along two key dimensions: salience and severity.
Keywords Correctional institutions
Penal consciousness
Penal offenses

Source Agency Office of Justice Programs.
NTIS Subject Category 91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
43 - Problem Solving Information for State & Local Governments
Corporate Author California Univ., Irvine.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Doctoral thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number NIJ-2010-IJ-CX-0002

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