Prison Argot

Prison Argot

by Gilbert L. Encinas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761820434

ISBN-13: 9780761820437

Pub. Date: 09/26/2001

Publisher: University Press of America

Prison Society has always had its own unique language. With roots in codes and secret communications, it has evolved over many years, allowing criminals to communicate with each other privately. This language, called "argot" from the French argot — a beggars' guild, criminal cant, and slang — has significant meaning to inmates. Coded communication allows…  See more details below

Overview

Prison Society has always had its own unique language. With roots in codes and secret communications, it has evolved over many years, allowing criminals to communicate with each other privately. This language, called "argot" from the French argot — a beggars' guild, criminal cant, and slang — has significant meaning to inmates. Coded communication allows prisoners to define their relative status and rights, just as workers who were members of corporations and guilds had their own argot for the same purpose. "Prison Argot" is Gilbert L. Encinas' study of the different elements of prison language.

Author Biography: Gilbert L. Encinas is a Statistical Research Consultant at Parker Consulting LLC, in Arizona. He has taught college level courses in Cultural Anthropology and Nature of Language.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761820437
Publisher:
University Press of America
Publication date:
09/26/2001
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
0.44(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsvi
Part 1The Environment1
Chapter 1Introduction to Prison Argot3
Chapter 2Prison Environment & the Law7
Chapter 3The Prison Industry13
Chapter 4Theoretical Perspectives and Framework29
Chapter 5Social Structure33
Chapter 6Summary37
Part 2The Language47
Chapter 7Sociolinguistics49
Chapter 8Discourse Analysis63
Chapter 9The Argot Lexicon77
Conclusion: Assessment of Argot87
References93
Index101

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