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CRM 2306 Lecture Notes - Hegemonic Masculinity, Bullying Culture, Impression Management

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CRM 2306
Kate Fletcher

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Doing Prison Work
March 15, 2011
Prison As Quasi-Domestic Sphere
These are ppls homes
When in closely confined for long period of time there are fights etc.
Daily domesticity: accompanying prisoners to see a nurse, in and out of visitation;
delivering food and cleaning up (domestic)
Emotional engagement: getting to know ppl in a very emotional way
Contradictory: to masculinism of institution and how correctional officers portray
their identity
*Seemingly counter to masculinism of institution
Correctional officers are always documenting, etc; much like a secretary (de-
Usually describe their role as dangerous and it’s associated with toughness, etc
(hegemonic male)
Officer Subculture
Specific customs, laws, morality and style: just like prison subculture
Formal socialization
training: that socializes you into the occupational identity
Specific customs you have to abide by (ex. backing up fellow officers,
not getting too close to prisoners)
Organization: each institution has its own atmosphere based on security
level, region, warden, etc.
So once you start to work there, there are a variety of ways you learn
how to do your job in that place
Informal socialization
“emotional map”: knowing what emotions are
appropriate to display in which kinds of sitches
In which venues/locations in the institutions
If you display the “wrong” emotion
Hegemonic male: all these qualities are ones you will need to display
Prisons as Emotional Arenas
Emotional cuz dealing with confined space/close quarters
Captive group (did something wrong and don’t wanna be there) so not pleased
Trying to maintain their masculinity with the deprivations
They can’t look after themselves as men as they would on the outside = weak
and dependent on the institution
Resentment of prisoners < -- > resentment of staff
Staff are doing time too: having to deal with a lot of negativity and ppl who
hate you
= Emotionally painful place
Prison Work As Performance
Have to manage impressions you’re giving to others
It’s going to take a particular form based on
Impression management:
Managing emotions: guarded and strategic with how they respond to
prisoner’s emotions
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