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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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Goin’ Down with the “Hounds”

Goin’ Down with the “Hounds”

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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/9780520272552.003.0002

This chapter explores the nature of the therapeutic prison within the context of power relations that affect the inmates’ experience of treatment. Prisons are places of both panoptic and synoptic surveillance. With everybody watching everybody, without knowing who is friendly and who is not, with the categories of “therapist” and “inmate” deliberately breaking down in treatment, and with staff members acting alternately as corrections officers, nurses, and confidantes, the inmates in particular emerge as, if not “professionals,” then at least confederates in a process to enact disciplinary punishment. This foreshadow’s the inherent conflict found within the treatment paradigm: the conflict between the paradigmatic mode—bolstered by the regulatory regime that supports and reproduces the power and authority of the professionals to dictate what constitutes “truth” and appropriate treatment, as well as inmates’ fitness to reenter the community—and the narrative mode—which leads inmates into thinking that they are agentive beings whose subjectivity is valued and whose subjective honesty will be rewarded.

Keywords:   therapeutic prison, power relations, panoptic surveillance, synoptic surveillance, treatment paradigm, paradigmatic mode, narrative mode

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