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- DescriptionPrison society has always had its own unique language. With roots in codes and secret communications, it has evolved over many years, allowing criminals to communicate with each other privately. This language, called argot from the French argot - a beggars' guild, criminal cant, and slang-has significant meaning to inmates. Coded communication allows prisoners to define their relative status and rights, just as workers who were members of corporations and guilds had their own argot for the same purpose. Prison Argot is Gilbert L. Encinas' study of the different elements of prison language.
- Author BiographyGilbert L. Encinas is a Statistical Research Consultant at Parker Consulting LLC, in Arizona. He has taught college level courses in Cultural Anthropology and Nature of Language.
- Author(s)Gilbert L. Encinas
- PublisherUniversity Press of America
- Date of Publication28/07/2001
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of America
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight258 g
- Width144 mm
- Height222 mm
- Spine14 mm
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