Games Prisoners Play

  title={Games Prisoners Play},
  author={Marek Mikolaj Kaminski},
  journal={Rationality and Society},
  pages={188 - 217}
  • M. Kaminski
  • Published 1 May 2003
  • Art
  • Rationality and Society
A new inmate, or `rookie', who enters a total institution usually faces `tests' and `games' organized by the `old crew'. In this article I argue that such initiation rituals are often designed by inmates in order to uncover a rookie's personal characteristics, such as toughness and cleverness. While such rituals may seem violent, they usually involve more skillful deception and tricks than pain and suffering. The basic idea is to persuade the rookie that he or she faces some tough choices - and… 

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