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Emotion and performance: prison officers and the presentation of self in prisons

Crawley, EM 2004, 'Emotion and performance: prison officers and the presentation of self in prisons' , Punishment & Society, 6 (4) , pp. 411-427.

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    Abstract

    This article explores how prison officers manage and perform emotion on a day-to-day basis. Although the performance of emotion is invariably highlighted when things ‘go wrong’ in prison - perhaps particularly during prison disturbances - the emotional life of prisons at an everyday level has received much less attention. Moreover, although the sociology of the prison has acknowledged the impact of prison on the emotional lives of prisoners there has been much less interest in the emotional impact of the prison on its uniformed staff. This article focuses on how prison officers’ emotions are structured and performed on a daily basis. Prisons are emotional places, but like all organizations, they have their own ‘rules’ about the kinds of emotions it is appropriate for prison officers to express (and indeed feel) at work. In consequence, working in prisons demands a performative attitude on the part of staff, an (often significant) engagement in emotion-work and, relatedly, the employment of various emotion-work strategies.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Domesticity, emotion, emotional labour, performance, prison
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
    Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Subjects / Themes > K Law > K Law (General)
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Punishment & Society
    Publisher: Sage Publications
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 14624745
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2009 11:33
    Last Modified: 04 Feb 2014 15:51
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1030

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