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Kitty Calavita and Valerie Jenness

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520284173

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520284173.001.0001

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(p.182) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Appealing to Justice

Kitty Calavita

Valerie Jenness

University of California Press

This chapter sums up the findings and discusses their implications for understanding disputing, legal mobilization, and legal consciousness, as well as prison life itself. The authors emphasize that institutional and structural location are critical to making sense of the findings, some of which appear at first glance to be counterintuitive and inconsistent with the prevailing literature. And they reflect on the importance of multiple sources of data across contexts—archived documents as well as spontaneous conversations in interviews—for complicating the understanding of these processes and advancing theory. Looking beyond the institutional and structural environment and methodological context, the analysis underscores the importance of situating work in its historical setting and the seismic tensions of its larger ideological-cultural landscape.

Keywords:   disputing, legal mobilization, legal consciousness, prison, institutions, structural, methodology, ideological-cultural landscape

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