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Narratives of self and identity in women's prisons: stigma and the struggle for self-definition in penal regimes

Rowe, Abigail (2011). Narratives of self and identity in women's prisons: stigma and the struggle for self-definition in penal regimes. Punishment and Society, 13(5) pp. 571–591.

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Abstract

A concern with questions of selfhood and identity has been central to penal practices in women's prisons, and to the sociology of women's imprisonment. Studies of women's prisons have remained preoccupied with women prisoners’ social identities, and their apparent tendency to adapt to imprisonment through relationships. This article explores the narratives of women in two English prisons to demonstrate the importance of the self as a site of meaning for prisoners and the central place of identity in micro-level power negotiations in prisons.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 The Author
ISSN: 1741-3095
Keywords: identity; imprisonment; resistance; self; women prisoners
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 30984
Depositing User: Abigail Rowe
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 17:26
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2017 14:51
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/30984
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