chapter  6
Governing prisons – the reality
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Role can be defined as: an actor’s part; one’s function; what a person or thing is appointed or expected to do (Oxford English Dictionary 1985); the part or character which one undertakes, assumes, or has to play (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary 2002); and a socially expected behaviour pattern usually determined by an individual’s status in a particular society (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary 1973). In short, role is not only about what a Governor does, but also about the patterned expectations attached to the office of Governor.