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The Working Lives of Prison Managers: Global Change, Local by Jamie Bennett

By Jamie Bennett

This ebook deals the 1st ethnographic account of legal managers in England. It explores how globalised alterations, particularly managerialism, have intersected with neighborhood occupational cultures, positioning managers as micro-agents within the dating among the worldwide and native that characterises overdue modernity. 
The operating Lives of legal Managers addresses key facets of criminal administration, together with how members develop into felony managers, their engagement with parts of conventional occupational tradition, and the impression of the 'age of austerity'. It bargains a specific specialize in functionality tracking mechanisms corresponding to symptoms, audits and inspections, and the way those intersect with neighborhood tradition and person identification. The e-book additionally examines very important features of person organisation, together with values, discretion, resistance and using energy. It additionally unearths the 'hidden accidents' of latest criminal managerialism, particularly the specified results skilled via girls and individuals of minority ethnic groups.

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How has this affected their sense of personal and professional identity? Do different individuals or groups may have different or similar views about these measures and how these play out wider contested values about prisons? In asking these questions, the research attempts to better understand the operation of managerial structures as a human experience and to understand how these structures are mediated through local circumstances. The third area considers the individuality and subjectivity of prison managers, as expressed through management style, the use of discretion, acts of resistance and uses of power.

Becoming a prison manager is not simply a matter of taking up a post; instead, as described here, it is as a process of socialisation in which, over time, an individual becomes assimilated within the group whilst also maintaining a sense of individuality and self. As Crawley (2004) has observed in relation to prison officers: the new recruit must acquire the ‘working personality’ of the prison officer. This is not acquired through mere habituation and repetition; rather it involves inhabiting a way of being.

2003; Whitty, 2011) and enhance public accountability (Riveland, 1999). Some academics also use managerialism as a means to engage with prisons and promote humanising practices (Liebling assisted by Arnold, 2004; Liebling, 2005). From these perspectives, managerial practices play a role in enhancing management control over costs; regulating the use of power, and; improving standards (Liebling and Crewe, 2013). Some managers have even become evangelical about the potential of management. For example, ‘scientific management’ techniques have been promoted as an effective approach to ‘correctional administration’ (Bartollas and Miller, 1978), whilst Wright (1994) produced a guru-style book for prison managers based upon the once fashionable 1980s corporate ‘excellence’ literature (Peters and Waterman, 1982), which suggests that there is an optimal approach to management that can achieve success (see also Stohr and Collins, 2014, for the continued appeal of such methodologies).

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