Prison Discourse

Language as a Means of Control and Resistance

  • Authors
  • Andrea┬áMayr

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Andrea Mayr
    Pages 1-23
  3. Andrea Mayr
    Pages 179-187
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 188-257

About this book


With unique and powerful data from within a big city prison, this book clarifies the role that conversational analysis can have within a Critical Discourse Analysis perspective. In a detailed linguistic analysis of the language use of prison officers and prisoners involved in a prison based course, the author charts the shifting power relations of control and resistance and situates the findings in a broader sociological analysis of the prison as an institution. The study will interest sociolinguists, discourse analysts, and researchers in communication studies, criminology and counselling.


bibliography communication communication studies criminology discourse discourse analysis interaction language Linguistic Analysis logical analysis resistance social control

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