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Lecture 3

CRM 2309 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Robert Latimer, Cerebral Palsy, Assisted Suicide


Department
Criminology
Course Code
CRM 2309
Professor
Erin Mc Cuaig
Lecture
3

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Friday September 16, 2016
- Old Public Health to New = Midterm [Emphasis on last lecture]
- ‘Dining In’ Reading:
oWhy look at food in prison?
Part of your ‘identity’
You don’t have much freedom to choose
Inability to curve a craving
Symbolic power food possesses; form of communication
through which expressions of domination and resistance can
be made (e.g. Birthday cake, hosting a BBQ)
oLink to health?
Maximum security prisons - highly cariogenic foods
Can create challenges such as gaining weight, developing Type-
2 diabetes, etc.
oChallenges for prisoners:
The findings indicate that, in prison, where control is taken
away, as the prisoner and her body become the objects of
external forces, food is experienced not only as part of the
disciplinary machinery, but also as a powerful source of
pleasure, resistance and rebellion. (p.197)
Controlling what they eat/when is one way they can challenge
power
One-on-one conflicts used as resistance strategies
Prisoners tampering with guards’ food
- Individual Adaptations and Adjustments = Midterm
oAvoidant strategy, “cognitive tricks”
oAvoiding seeing images and seeing flyers that would showcase a
particular meal, would trigger a certain memory/food-related ritual
o“Dangling a carrot in front of a starving horse”
- “Individual Displays of Opposition”
oNot getting enough food, having a verbal argument
oA guard giving a prisoner a dirty look
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