Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2008

Abstract

This article begins by seeking an explanation for the solidarity between Malay inmatesand guards in perpetrating abusive and discriminatory treatment towards Malaytransvestites. In the course of explaining an empirical phenomenon in the Singaporeprison, this article has examined Singapore's history and ethnic demography, the ethnicMalay minority's lack of socio-economic development and modernisation vis-A-vis theethnic Chinese majority, geo-politics, the ideology and strategic choices of the state'spolitical elite and their implications for inter-ethnic interactions between Malays andChinese. As this article will argue, prison culture, rather than being divorced from largersociety, is in effect able to articulate and elaborate on the processes of social exclusionfaced by ethnic Malay minorities and male transvestites in Singapore society. By shiftingthe conceptual focus from 'prison in society' to prison of society', a new analyticaldimension of informal inmate culture and social structure has been realised; one whichsuggests immense possibilities for prison literature.

Discipline

Law and Race | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies

Research Areas

Sociology

Publication

Current Issues in Criminal Justice

Volume

40

Issue

4

First Page

243

Last Page

264

ISSN

2206-9542

Publisher

University of Sydney, Institute of Criminology

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

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