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HypocrisyThe Tales and Realities of Drug Detainees in China$
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Vincent Shing Cheng

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888455683

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888455683.001.0001

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Initiation Ceremony in Drug Detention

Initiation Ceremony in Drug Detention

(p.47) 4 Initiation Ceremony in Drug Detention

Vincent Shing Cheng

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter further examines former prisoners’ experiences in the early phase of their imprisonment. With the example of the prison culture of ‘initiation ceremonies’, it argues that prison officers’ concern of maintaining control and order in the prison goes beyond producing the form of structural hypocrisy discussed in the previous chapter and actually forces former prisoners to act in hypocritical ways themselves. What should have been a process of learning and rehabilitation through education turns instead into a veritable culture of hypocrisy.

Keywords:   Prison culture, drug user, drug control, drug rehabilitation, drug detention, corrections, prison violence, education, laojiao

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