Above All Else, Do Not Snitch: Constructing Criminal Identities and Negotiating Masculinities in Agression Replacement Training
2008 (English)Article in journal (Other academic) Submitted
In the present article, the issue of snitching is analysed as part of a convict code, drawn upon by young men detained for assessment at a youth detention home and participating in Aggression Replacement Training (ART). ART is viewed in light of other research on peer interventions. The analysis shows how sticking to the convict code facilitates positioning oneself as knowledgeable within a field of criminality. Perhaps more important, however, is how drawing on the code regulates the relationship to other men and polices one's own behaviour, as well as that of others. Both the trainers and the young men can be seen to use different discourses of masculinity as interactional resources.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Aggression Replacement Training, convict code, identity, peer intervention, violence
National CategoryOther Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-12595OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-12595DiVA: diva2:1801