Ritual and routine: a means of adaption

Memarpour, Pegah (2016) Ritual and routine: a means of adaption. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

Researchers have demonstrated how engaging in rituals or ‘patterned’ behaviours can help people cope with stressful situations and significant life changes. However, limited knowledge exists on the role of ritual practices in prison and how federally incarcerated Canadian men use these rituals to deal with their imprisonment. To respond to this lacuna in the literature, transcripts from 56 semi-structured interviews with former male federal prisoners released on parole into Ontario, Canada, were analyzed for emergent themes identifying the purpose of ritual and routine practices across prisons with different security classifications. Findings reveal the effectiveness of rituals for managing and mitigating the stresses of incarceration, specifically that prisoners’ routine behaviours constitute a positive strategy of adaption to incarceration (e.g., alleviating stress and passing time) in preparation for life postincarceration (e.g., anticipatory socialization). Structural Ritualization Theory frames the analyses and implications presented in this study.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12156
Item ID: 12156
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-72).
Keywords: Structural Ritualization Theory, Routine, Prisoners, Adaption, Corrections
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Sociology
Date: January 2016
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Ritual--Psychological aspects; Male prisoners--Religious life; Male prisoners--Psychology; Stress (Psychology)--Religious aspects

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