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Prisoner Society in an Era of Psychoactive Substances, Organised Crime, New Drug Markets and Austerity

Gooch, Kate and TREADWELL, James (2020) Prisoner Society in an Era of Psychoactive Substances, Organised Crime, New Drug Markets and Austerity. The British Journal of Criminology. ISSN 1464-3529

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Framed by the limited and now dated ethnographic research on the prison drug economy, this article offers new theoretical and empirical insights into how drugs challenge the social order in prisons in England and Wales. It draws on significant original and rigorous ethnographic research to argue that the ‘era of hard drugs’ has been superseded by an ‘era of new psychoactive drugs,’ redefining social relations, transforming the prison illicit economy, producing new forms of prison victimisation, and generating far greater economic power and status for suppliers. These changes represent the complex interplay and compounding effects of broader shifts in political economy, making necessary new considerations of consumerism, organised crime, prison governance, and the declining legitimacy and moral performance of prisons.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in The British Journal of Criminology following peer review. The version of record [insert complete citation information here] is available online at: xxxxxxx [insert URL and DOI of the article on the OUP website].
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Depositing User: James TREADWELL
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2020 12:25
Last Modified: 12 May 2020 10:25
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6154

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