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Compromised Power and Negotiated Order in a Ukrainian Prison

Symkovych, Anton

The British Journal of Criminology, 2017, Vol. 58(1), pp.200-217 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Compromised Power and Negotiated Order in a Ukrainian Prison
  • Autor: Symkovych, Anton
  • Assuntos: Ukraine ; Power ; Order ; Legitimacy ; Authority ; Prison Officers ; Prisoners
  • É parte de: The British Journal of Criminology, 2017, Vol. 58(1), pp.200-217
  • Descrição: Analyzing data from a semi-ethnographic study in a Ukrainian medium-security prison for men, I discuss how officers and prisoners negotiate order to produce a manageable, stable, predictable, peaceful and relatively habitable prison environment. Broadening the debate about power and order by introducing a case study from a non-‘Western’ context, I argue that prisoners and officers, apart from utilitarian compromises, also employ moral reasoning in their power negotiations. I demonstrate that in the context of prison’s radical deficit in legitimacy, exacerbated by a corrupt, under-reformed, post-totalitarian state, non-conformity with legal norms might be more legitimate than legal conformity.

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