This book explores how prisoners turn themselves into active opponents of the prison regime, and thus reclaim their freedom and manhood. Using extensive ethnographic fieldwork from Norway's largest prison, Ugelvik provides a compelling analysis of the relationship between power, practices of resistance and prisoner subjectivity.
Introduction: Power, Resistance and Freedom in Prison Part I: Implementation Part II: The Forms of Power in Prison Part III: Taking Liberties Conclusion: To be or not to be a prisoner
'Thomas Ugelvik gives us an unusually intimate portrait of the inner world of the prison and, especially, of the nuanced relations of power that shape prisoners' experience. Power and Resistance in Prison is a fine ethnography and a great addition to our understanding of how life in prison actually unfolds.' - Lorna Rhodes, University of Washington, USA
'Power and Resistance in Prison is a powerful, engaging and theoretically important book exploring in depth what happens when power and freedom meet in a culturally diverse Norwegian prison. It is challenging, honest, and replete with human stories.'
- Professor Alison Liebling, Institute of Criminology, Cambridge, UK.
'Power and Resistance in Prison marks an important potentiality for criminological scholarship to take seriously the role of spatial relationships in its research and I hope that scholars will take lead from this intervention. In summary, scholars investigating the lived experiences of prison space, those concerned with society and governance and those hoping to master the difficult art of good ethnography will all find sections particularly useful in this wide-ranging yet thorough and genuinely readable book.' - Jen Turner, British Journal of Criminology