Prison Argot

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $48.68
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 29%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $48.68   
  • New (6) from $58.30   
  • Used (2) from $48.68   


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.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761820437
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 9/26/2001
  • Pages: 114
  • Product dimensions: 0.44 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Dedication Chapter 2 List of Illustrations Chapter 3 Introduction to Prison Argot Chapter 4 Prison Environment & the Law Chapter 5 The Prison Industry Chapter 6 Theoretical Perspectives and Framework Chapter 7 Social Structure Chapter 8 Summary Chapter 9 Sociolinguistics Chapter 10 Discourse Analysis Chapter 11 The Argot Lexicon Chapter 12 Assessment of Argot Chapter 13 References Chapter 14 Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)