Homosociability and Self-Exclusion in Prison. Social Uses of Sport and Spatial Divisions
This sociological study, conducted as part of investigations into the social uses of the body and therefore sport in prison, seeks to understand, and explain, through the example of representations and (self) reported homosexuality, construction and naturalization of gender relations, their hierarchy, their ... [Show full abstract] mechanisms and violence in the sports areas of prisons for men.
Invested by some prisoners as a space for reconstruction of a masculine identity eroded by prison privations, the sports area can also be understood by other prisoners as a hierarchical and violent space corroborating a mechanical (self) exclusion of the most vulnerable, including homosexuals. As an area of significant socialization in prison and through his ambivalent dimension, the sports area is revealed in this work as a laboratory for the analysis of prison space, social relations and specific tensions.