The intricacies of the American prison system are vast and often overlooked topics. Prisoners represent a considerable sector of the American population, and although they are serving time for their crimes, their prison experiences are worth looking at. For my senior independent research study I plan to study how food plays a role in the American prison experience. I plan to see how food affects the every day life of the prisoner, and some of the sociological implications that prisons have on inmates. I am drawing upon the previous works of social theorists Michel Foucault, Erving Goffman and Max Weber in order to further analyze and explain the role of food in the current American prison system. With an exclusively qualitative approach to this study, my results will reflect the many personal experiences of prison life, and hopefully lend a voice to the many incarcerated individuals of the United States.


Nurse, Anne


Sociology and Anthropology


Criminology | Other Sociology


Sociology and Anthropology, criminology, food

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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