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Incarcerated Interactions

A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication

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Edited By Erik D. Fritsvold and Jonathan M. Bowman

Incarcerated Interactions: A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication is an innovative, applied edited book that uses core interdisciplinary social science theories to analyze and describe the social psychology and sociology of communicative interactions amongst incarcerated individuals. Beginning with the fundamentals of human interactions, this edited volume allows scholars across a variety of disciplines (such as criminology, sociology, communication studies, social psychology, anthropology, and economics) to become familiar with and apply the core principles and the requisite terminology of human communication within a criminological context. Each of the four sections of the text not only build upon the knowledge structures of previous chapters, but also function as stand-alone analyses and/or applications of extant scholarship within essential contexts. From a general discussion of core social science theory to the specific application of that theory in a range of scholarly contexts, this book addresses relevant issues such as mental illness and wellness, the gendered experience of inmates, recidivism rates, violence, the criminogenic effect of incarceration and the large-scale implications of prison gangs and their associated cultural influence, to name a few.

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5. Pseudo-Families: Group Formation in Women’s Prisons : Taylor Glogiewicz

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5. Pseudo-Families: Group Formation in Women’s Prisons

TAYLOR GLOGIEWICZ

Men do not comprise the entire population behind bars. In the eyes of researchers, nonetheless, that exact scenario appeared to be the case for at least twenty years. Scholars began to go about investigating how men ‘did their time’ in the 1940s, turning a blind eye to the experience of women prisoners until the mid- to late 1960s (Banks, 2003). From this place of relative anonymity, research began to consider the women’s prison experience, particularly emphasizing the disparity of commonality between differing gender narratives—some now going so far as to suggest the necessity of alternatives to the imprisonment of women in general (Scott & Codd, 2010). One specific area of research interest has concerned female same-sex sexual behavior, relationships, and kinship networks in prison—principally the existence of what has been termed the ‘pseudo-family’; on the whole, scholars assert that this prevalent social structure says a lot about what women feel and think about life as an incarcerated citizen (Forsyth & Evans, 2003; Hensley, 2002; Scott & Codd, 2010; Talvi, 2007). It is important to observe the pseudo-family arrangement with a critical lens.

It is best to use an interdisciplinary approach in an analysis of this prison phenomenon, drawing from the field of communications. Models of group development, as first developed by Bruce Tuckman in the 1960s, can provide a unique perspective into why pseudo-families form, how...

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