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‘Tactics’, Agency and Power in Women’s Prisons

Rowe, Abigail (2016). ‘Tactics’, Agency and Power in Women’s Prisons. British Journal of Criminology, 56(2) pp. 332–349.

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Throughout the 20th century and into the 21st, sociological research into women’s experiences of imprisonment has remained relatively sparse and under-developed, focusing primarily on women prisoners’ peer relationships, with relatively little attention given to their interaction with penal regimes. This paper draws on ethnographic data from two women’s prisons in England to explore the agency and creativity represented by the ‘tactics’ brought to bear by prisoners—and sometimes staff—on the everyday challenges of managing prison life. It is suggested that exploring how individuals sought to ‘achieve outcomes’ in their face-to-face encounters and personal relationships offers a way of mapping the feel and flow of power in prisons at the level of lived

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Author
ISSN: 1464-3529
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
PhD studentshipPTA-030-2005-00058ESRC
Keywords: women's prisons; ethnography; Certeau
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 45774
Depositing User: Abigail Rowe
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 09:29
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 18:11
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