Language, culture, and behavior in prison: The Israeli case: The Israeli case

Tomer Einat, April Wall

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The current study describes the everyday life of Israeli prisoners and analyzes the actions they perform and the language they use as a reflection of their constraints, distresses, worldviews, beliefs, and attitudes. Data were subjected to a content analysis, and the salience of the values, norms and argot terms were assessed using two measures, attention and intensity. The inmates' values and norms and the argot expressions were divided into categories with reference to different aspects of prison experience: prisoners' adherence to the code, inmates' interpersonal loyalty, sexual behavior in prison, drugs, violence and miscellaneous. © Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-189
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Journal of Criminology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Argot
  • Code of conduct
  • Inmates
  • Pains of imprisonment
  • Subculture


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