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Games Prisoners Play:
The Tragicomic Worlds of Polish Prison
Marek M. Kaminski

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Figures xi
List of Tables xiii
Acknowledgments xv
Introduction 1
Chapter One
Entry 16
Chapter Two
The Constraints of Prison Life: An Overview 21
Material Constraints 22
Administrative Constraints 29
Subcultural Constraints: A Glimpse at the World of Grypsmen 34
Note on Importation versus Deprivation 37
Chapter Three
Becoming a Grypsman 38
Initiation Tests 38
First Screening: Fag-Making and Baptism 41
Little Games 46
Hidden Tests 51
Prison University 54
Chapter Four
Prison Code of Behavior 56
The Semi-Secret Code 58
The Secret Code 65
Sanctions and Intercaste Mobility 76
Chapter Five
Argot 82
Argot Vocabulary 82
Argot Roles 85
Secret Argot Grammar 89
Language Games 95
Chapter Six
Everyday Life 101
Random Walk through the Cell Archipelago 101
Information and Trade Markets 104
Coalitional Structures and Resource-Sharing 111
Arenas of Art and Entertainment 116
Fights and Exploitation 124
Chapter Seven
Sex, Flirtation, Love 130
Masturbation 131
Fags 134
Women 138
Chapter Eight
Strategic Ailment 145
Goals of Strategic Ailment 147
Techniques of Strategic Ailment 149
Cases of Self-Injury 155
Cases of Faking 163
Chapter Nine
Exit 169
Postscriptum Variants and Evolution of Grypsmen Subculture 172
Local Variants and Modifications 172
The Evolution of Grypsmen Subculture 178
Appendix
Prison Playground: Games and Decisions 183
Glossary
Essential Argot 191
Notes 197
References 205
Index 209

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