Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

The Working Lives of Prison Managers

Global Change, Local Culture and Individual Agency in the Late Modern Prison

Authors: Bennett, Jamie

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This book offers the first ethnographic account of prison managers in England. It explores how globalised changes, in particular managerialism, have intersected with local occupational cultures, positioning managers as micro-agents in the relationship between the global and local that characterises late modernity. 
The Working Lives of Prison Managers addresses key aspects of prison management, including how individuals become prison managers, their engagement with elements of traditional occupational culture, and the impact of the 'age of austerity'. It offers a particular focus on performance monitoring mechanisms such as indicators, audits and inspections, and how these intersect with local culture and individual identity. The book also examines important aspects of individual agency, including values, discretion, resistance and the use of power. It also reveals the 'hidden injuries' of contemporary prison managerialism, especially the distinctive effects experienced by women and members of minority ethnic groups.

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Jamie Bennett has been a prison manager since 1996 and is currently Governor of HMP Grendon and Springhill, UK. He is also a Research Associate at the University of Oxford, UK, and has edited the Prison Service Journal since 2004. He has written widely on prisons and was awarded a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, UK. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Working Lives of Prison Managers
Book Subtitle
Global Change, Local Culture and Individual Agency in the Late Modern Prison
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49895-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137498953
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49894-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 279
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