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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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Afterword: The Case for Interdisciplinarity: Jonathan M. Bowman & Erik D. Fritsvold

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Afterword: The Case for Interdisciplinarity

JONATHAN M. BOWMAN & ERIK D. FRITSVOLD

In any great undertaking, individuals must strive to find a balance between the opposing dialectics of novelty and predictability. As practitioners and academics and relationship-focused individuals, often the much easier path involves looking at one’s context by using one’s extant experiences and knowledge. In both academe and industry, it can be difficult to get otherwise-bright individuals to consider new perspectives. Often, the best insights can come from an inspired conversation or an out-of-character jump into an unknown literature. By thinking outside the box, one can see that box with a new perspective and opportunity for improvement.

The genesis of this collaborative project comes from a shared interest in the application of theory to interesting social problems. Both Drs. Fritsvold and Bowman discussed the underdeveloped extant literature connecting seminal communication and interaction theory with the problem of recidivism in America. In addition, this approach has the potential to explain, describe, and suggest reform of the current system of incarceration in America. After a broad discussion with an interdisciplinary group of authors, an edited volume was suggested as a repository for both informed and applied scholarship grounded in the cross-disciplinary social scientific tradition.

Incarcerated Interactions is an example of 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...

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