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Hidden Truth: Young Men Navigating Lives In and Out of Juvenile Prison

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  • ISBN-13: 9780520262676
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Release Date: Jul 15, 2010
  • Edition: 0
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.25 x 5.5 inches


Hidden Truth takes the reader inside a Rhode Island juvenile prison to explore broader questions of how poor, disenfranchised young men come to terms with masculinity and identity. Adam D. Reich, who worked with inmates to produce a newspaper, writes vividly and memorably about the young men he came to know, and in the process extends theories of masculinity, crime, and social reproduction into a provocative new paradigm. Reich suggests that young men's participation in crime constitutes a game through which they achieve “outsider masculinity.” Once in prison these same youths are forced to reconcile their criminal practices with a new game and new “insider masculinity” enforced by guards and administrators.

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