The role of music among prisoners and prison staff: A qualitative research study

Ortal Edri, Moshe Bensimon

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Abstract

Music is an integral part of every subculture, including that of prisons. However, no research has yet examined the meaning of music for prisoners and prison staff. The present research examined the role of music in the world of prisoners in Israel and how prison staff experience it. Content analysis of interviews with 10 convicted prisoners and 9 prison staff members indicated four central themes: the different ways prisoners consume and are exposed to music; the role of music in provoking positive and negative feelings; the role of music in the relationships among inmates – closeness and conflicts; and the role of music in the relationships between prisoners and prison staff, particularly in terms of prison regulation of music consumption.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-651
Number of pages19
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
Volume16
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • Music
  • prison
  • prison staff
  • prisoners
  • problem music
  • qualitative research

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