Gender, Geography, and Punishment: The Experience of Women in Carceral Russia

Hardcover | October 6, 2012

byJudith Pallot, Laura Piacentini

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This book is the first of its kind that brings together human geography and the sociology of punishment to explore the relationship between distance and the punishment in contemporary Russia. Using established penological and geographical theories, the book presents in-depth empirical researchto show how the experiences of women prisoners are shaped by the distances that the Russian penal service sends prisoners to serve their sentences. Its most eye-catching feature is its use of interviews conducted by the authors and their research team with adult and juvenile women prisoners, ex-prisoners and prison officers in penal facilities in different regions of the Russian Federation between 2006 and 2010. It includes discussion of theimpact of Russia's distinctive penal geography on prisoners' family relationships, how women prisoners' sense of place and gender identities are shaped and re-shaped on their journey from pre-trial facility to 'correction colony' to release, and the social hierarchies, relationships and practicesthat characterise Russia's penal institutions for women. The authors are both experienced researchers in Russia. The book brings together their complementary disciplinary expertise in the development of the concept of 'coerced mobilization' to explore Russia's punishment culture. The book argues that Russia's inherited geography of penality, combined withtraditional ideas about women's role that shape the penal service's management of women prisoners, add to their 'pains of imprisonment'. Crucially, the authors show how these factors are constraining the Russian penal service's ability to implement successive reforms aimed at humanizing Russia'snotoriously tough prisons. Russian imprisonment as it relates to women is, they believe, an area of significant concern for lawmakers in that country as well as to human rights campaigners, geographers interested in space and power, and scholars studying the post-Soviet system.

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This book is the first of its kind that brings together human geography and the sociology of punishment to explore the relationship between distance and the punishment in contemporary Russia. Using established penological and geographical theories, the book presents in-depth empirical researchto show how the experiences of women prison...

Judith Pallot has developed an interest in the Russian penal system, previously her work focused on the historical geography of the Russian peasantry and post-Soviet rural adaptations. She has researched extensively in Russian archives and also in the field. She is the author of several books, three with OUP, on rural Russia and numero...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pagesPublished:October 6, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199658617

ISBN - 13:9780199658619

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Table of Contents

1. The Archipelago and the Matrioshka2. Researching Women's Carceral Experience in RussiaPart I: Space and Place in Russia's System of Penality3. The Historical Geography of Punitive Expulsion4. Correctional Colonies in their Local Setting5. 'Socialism in One Barracks'Part II: Women's Experiences of Carceral Russia6. Remand: The First Phase of Coerced Mobilisation7. ETAP and Quarantine: The Second Phase of Coerced Mobilisation8. Staying in Touch with the World Beyond the Colony Fences9. Long Distance Motherhood10. Social Relationships Behind the Colony Fences11. Rehabilitation as Emotion Therapy12. Re-Socialisation and the Construction of Gender Identities13. Epilogue