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Prison Life, Sociology of: Recent Perspectives from the United Kingdom

Drake, Deborah H.; Darke, Sacha and Earle, Rod (2015). Prison Life, Sociology of: Recent Perspectives from the United Kingdom. In: Wright, J. ed. International Encyclopaedia of Social and Behavioural Sciences (2nd ed). Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 924–929.

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Abstract

Prison life both fascinates and repels. As with many aspects of punishment it attracts the interest of both academics and the general public. In this short and accessible account the principal issues of prison life are presented in a historical context that traces the emergence of focussed academic study of the way people live, and die, in prison. The most influential theoretical perspectives are clearly set out alongside a discussion of their influence on research and analysis in the UK and beyond. Questions of women’s experience and that of black and minority ethnic prisoners are explored before a consideration of post-colonial prison studies is introduced. These studies of prison life beyond the axis of Europe and north America challenge some of the accumulated academic wisdom of Anglo-phone and European studies of prison life, indicating the potential of novel developments to come in an era which, nfortunately, shows no signs of declining to produce more and more prisons.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
ISBN: 0-08-097086-9, 978-0-08-097086-8
Keywords: prison; prisoners; ethnography; coercion; convicts; culture; institutional life; power
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)
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Health, Wellbeing and Social Care
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
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Item ID: 40428
Depositing User: Rod Earle
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2014 09:32
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 13:03
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/40428
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