chapter  6a
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Outcasts in Prison

This chapter discusses two groups - the informers and the sex offenders and the different underlying reasons for the rejection they face from the other inmates. It describes that it is the prescribed behavior and attitude or ideational moral, not the actual treatment of the two outcast groups. The chapter describes that firstly, there is a difference in victim status and secondly there is a difference in attributed responsibility. It mentions that the third differentiating element is the attributed motives. The fourth element that differentiates the groups in the view and treatment of other prisoners is in the acceptance of excuses. The aim of harassment also differs between the two groups. The aim of harassing sex offenders is a matter of sealing the status boundary.