Consumption Under Restriction: Vulnerability and Resilience in a Maximum Security Prison

Ronald Hill, Villanova University, USA
Justine Rapp, University of San Diego, USA
We investigate restrictions to choice through ethnographic investigation of a maximum security prison. This environment reveals depersonalization and commoditization that creates widespread perceptions of vulnerability. Findings reveal a complex relationship between these processes and reactions to renew humanness within and outside licit and illicit marketplaces of the prison economy.
[ to cite ]:
Ronald Hill and Justine Rapp (2014) ,"Consumption Under Restriction: Vulnerability and Resilience in a Maximum Security Prison", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 42, eds. June Cotte and Stacy Wood, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 7-11.