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Hidden TruthYoung Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison$
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Adam Reich

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520262669

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520262669.001.0001

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Introduction: Playing at Masculinity

Introduction: Playing at Masculinity

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(p.1) Introduction: Playing at Masculinity
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Hidden Truth
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Adam D. Reich

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520262669.003.0001

This chapter aims to study the lives of young men incarcerated in juvenile prisons and correctional facilities, beginning by explaining that the relationships and experiences of young men in juvenile prisons often remain hidden to the larger public, to these young men themselves, and that such experiences increase marginalization. It describes the concept of masculinity as understood by young men and their attempts to construct masculinity through a competitive struggle for distinction through “money, power and respect” in different social structures. The metaphor of games is used to describe the competition among humans to establish their hierarchies among themselves. Young men involved in crime and those in institutional care describe their attempts to establish power through external or internal concepts of masculinity in their lives—outside or inside the juvenile prisons.

Keywords:   young men, juvenile prisons, masculinity, correctional facilities, social structures

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