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NCJ Number: 156912 Find in a Library
Title: Uncovering the Hidden Social World: Insider Research in Prison
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1995)  Pages:106-118
Author(s): R S Jones
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines some of the ways in which social scientists have studied prisons and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of a qualitative methodological approach to the study of prisons.
Abstract: The author describes his study of a maximum-security prison for men which used traditional participant observation data collection and analysis techniques. Other sources of data included focused interviews with inmates at the facility and examination of prison journals. The methodology used here took a distinctive approach to achieve an insider's understanding of prison culture by combining data gathered by a sociologist (outside participant) and an inmate-sociology graduate student (inside participant). 44 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections research; Research methods
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