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Hound Pound NarrativeSexual Offender Habilitation and the Anthropology of Therapeutic Intervention$
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James B Waldram

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272552

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272552.001.0001

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“A Pretty Shitty Place Out There”

“A Pretty Shitty Place Out There”

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(p.197) Chapter 8 “A Pretty Shitty Place Out There”
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Hound Pound Narrative
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James B. Waldram

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272552.003.0012

This chapter examines prospective narratives, as the inmates look into their futures as sexual offenders and explore anticipated experiences both in their home penitentiaries and in the community. Such prospective narratives often contain elements of both pragmatism and romanticism. The narratives are largely of two types: those that offer a fairly realistic assessment of the future and concentrate on the reestablishment of family, shelter, and employment; and those that largely fail to look beyond their daily existence in prison, or beyond the length of their prison terms. Most men know that they will have to work to regain the trust of those who are most meaningful to them. Moreover, they are aware of both state regulations and civil society maneuverings designed to keep them under surveillance and, in effect, to regulate and even inhibit their ability to reintegrate into society.

Keywords:   sexual offender, future, pragmatism, romanticism, state regulations, civil society

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