How to be(come) the perfect inmate? Working the system in the prison workhouse at Christianshavn, 1769–1789

Emilie Luther Valentin*

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Abstract

Between 1769 and 1789, the warden of the prison workhouse at Christianshavn wrote around 300 statements to accompany petitions made for inmates’ release. Drawing on the theories of Arlie Russell Hochschild, this article argues that the statements detail the feeling rules of the prison workhouse and provide evidence that the inmates ‘worked the system’ by performing emotional labour in accordance with said feeling rules. Thus, the article uncovers and connects practices and tactics of coercion and autonomy in the prison workhouse, examining how inmates navigated the authorities’ expectations as a tactic of escape from imprisonment and labour coercion.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftScandinavian Journal of History
Vol/bind48
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)679-698
ISSN0346-8755
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2023

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