“Don’t Mess with Me!” Enacting Masculinities Under a Compulsory Prison Regime

  • Nick de Viggiani
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


It is our nature to conform; it is a force which not many can successfully resist […]. Self-approval has its source in but one place and not elsewhere – the approval of other people […] by the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority, and […] by the human instinct to train with the multitude and have its approval. (Mark Twain 1923: p. 401)


Prison masculinities Performativity Situational accomplishment Social determinants Prison health 


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  • Nick de Viggiani
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  1. 1.Department of Health & Social SciencesUniversity of the West of EnglandBristolUK

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