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Incarcerated Interactions

A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication


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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Names: Fritsvold, Erik D., editor. | Bowman, Jonathan M., editor. Title: Incarcerated interactions: a theory-driven analysis of applied prison communication / edited by Erik D. Fritsvold, Jonathan M. Bowman. Description: New York: Peter Lang, [2016] Series: Criminal humanities & forensic semiotics; vol. 3 ISSN 2378-7732 (print) | ISSN 2378-7740 (online) Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016016365 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3460-9 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1893-7 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Prisoners—United States. | Interpersonal communication. Communication—Social aspects. | Prisons—United States. Criminology—United States. Classification: LCC HV9471 .I525 2016 | DDC 365/.6014—dc23 LC record available at

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