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‘Keeping Quiet’ or ‘Going Nuts’: Strategies Used by Young, Black, Men in Custody

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This article presents findings from an ethnographic study of 45 young, black, men in three young offender institutions in England and Wales, and seeks to give them a ‘voice’ about being ‘young’, ‘black’ and in custody. As such it builds on previously published work in the Howard Journal that presented ‘emerging findings’ from this research. Both the ‘emerging findings’ and this article suggest that these young, black, men adapt a strategy that they have used in dealing with the police in the community to the reality of prison life, a strategy which they describe as ‘the Game’, which involves either ‘keeping quiet’ or ‘going nuts’ and which transcends the Prison Service's formal monitoring and complaints procedures about race.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research, University of Central England, Birmingham

Publication date: 01 July 2004

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