What are you looking at?: Prisoner Confrontations and the Search for Respect

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Abstract

This article examines the occurrence of fights, assaults, arguments and threats of violence between adult male prisoners in an English category C prison. The self-narratives of 40 men are analysed to investigate whether some prisoners engage in more confrontations than others due to a psychological need to protect their identity. The findings indicate that how an individual understands and constructs their self-narrative can influence their involvement in aggressive behaviour. Implications for interventions attempting to reduce aggression are explored.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)856-873
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Volume48
Issue number6
Early online date27 Jul 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2008

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