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Imagining Different Selves: Discourses and Practices Surrounding Rehabilitation, Transformation, and the (Im)Mutability of Character

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This paper is one piece of a larger dissertation project studying California’s prison fire camps. These camps—carceral environments in which minimum- and medium-security prisoners are housed in open settings without a fence or other secure boundary, and trained and deployed as wildland firefighters—are used to plumb the depth and breadth of apparent macro-level trends in punishment. In this paper I focus on two larger themes of the dissertation, namely the variegated nature of punishment and the camps as liminal spaces. Specifically, I analyze how people talk about rehabilitation, change, and immutability in the camps, and what those discourses say both about the multifaceted, ambiguous nature of “rehabilitation,” as well as the camps being perceived simultaneously as an opportunity for change and just another way of ‘doing time.’ I explore how these dichotomies vary by gender, class, and ideology.
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Goodman, Philip. "Imagining Different Selves: Discourses and Practices Surrounding Rehabilitation, Transformation, and the (Im)Mutability of Character" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL, May 27, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p406319_index.html>

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Goodman, P. , 2010-05-27 "Imagining Different Selves: Discourses and Practices Surrounding Rehabilitation, Transformation, and the (Im)Mutability of Character" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago, IL <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p406319_index.html

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Abstract: This paper is one piece of a larger dissertation project studying California’s prison fire camps. These camps—carceral environments in which minimum- and medium-security prisoners are housed in open settings without a fence or other secure boundary, and trained and deployed as wildland firefighters—are used to plumb the depth and breadth of apparent macro-level trends in punishment. In this paper I focus on two larger themes of the dissertation, namely the variegated nature of punishment and the camps as liminal spaces. Specifically, I analyze how people talk about rehabilitation, change, and immutability in the camps, and what those discourses say both about the multifaceted, ambiguous nature of “rehabilitation,” as well as the camps being perceived simultaneously as an opportunity for change and just another way of ‘doing time.’ I explore how these dichotomies vary by gender, class, and ideology.


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