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The Analytic Possibilities of 'Culture' in a Post-Prison Context

Diana Johns

Crime, justice and social democracy: Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference, 2013, Volume 1 | Elsevier BV | Published : 2014


This paper is focused on the use and usefulness of ‘culture’ as an analytical tool, in the context of prisoners’ return to the community. Whereas the analytic dimensions of the culture concept have been explored in anthropological circles, its criminological applications have been limited. While the growth of ‘cultural criminology’ signifies a resurgent interest in ethnography, subjectivity, lived experience and the phenomenological, for instance, it can be argued that its concept of culture lacks explanatory or analytical power. This paper considers the analytic possibilities of ‘culture’ as a tool for uncovering aspects of the post-imprisonment experience. It draws on interviews with relea..

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