An institution is an organization that is set up for a particular purpose. Institutions are run through a hierarchical system of authority, whereby rules and regulations are enforced. Scott Monk's novel, Raw, explores a number of issues to do with the power of institutions and the impact on individuals, within them. The text also explores the relationship between individuals and the authorities that have the power and the loss of individuality of inmates. The text also explores the concept of rehabilitation. Through the use of techniques such as characterisation, language and imagery, Monk examines the personal experience of institutions.
From the beginning of the novel, the reader is aware of the tension between those in authority and the individual. The police who arrest Brett are referred to as "pigs, while they refer to Brett as a "no hoper . The author uses the 3rd person narrative but tells the story from Brett's perspective as he arrives at The Farm. Brett's stereotypical view of authority is conveyed when he meets Sam, and thinks "he was the enemy and you never get friendly with the enemy, reinforcing his "us and "them