The Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking Spirits

Hardcover | November 26, 2013

byLinda Moore, Phil Scraton

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This unique book adopts a rich theoretical, empirical and political perspective to explore the gendered incarceration of women and girls and the marginalization of their needs and rights within predominantly male penal systems.

Focusing on a decade's research inside prisons in Northern Ireland, Moore and Scraton integrate in-depth interviews, focus groups, regime observation and documentary analysis to examine issues of equality, discipline, mental health, self-harm, abuse and suicide. The independent, primary research engages in controversies regarding the deaths of women in custody, a hunger strike concerning the status of politically-affiliated women prisoners, media revelations of sexual exploitation of women prisoners by male prison guards, and the use of punitive strip-searches and punishment cells for vulnerable women.

Telling the story of female incarceration through the voices and experiences of women, this book provides a rare insight into the destructive and debilitating impact of prison regimes, advancing feminist analysis of women's incarceration and the criminalization of women. Moore and Scraton's study raises questions over the potential and limitations of gender specific policies, the silencing of prisoners' voices and agency, the significance of critical research in voicing prisoners' resistance and the possibilities of decarceration through adopting an abolitionist agenda.




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This unique book adopts a rich theoretical, empirical and political perspective to explore the gendered incarceration of women and girls and the marginalization of their needs and rights within predominantly male penal systems.Focusing on a decade's research inside prisons in Northern Ireland, Moore and Scraton integrate in-depth inter...

Linda Moore is Senior Lecturer in Criminology in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at the University of Ulster, UK. Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology and Director of the Childhood, Transition and Social Justice Initiative at Queen's University, Belfast, UK. His recent books include Power, Conflict and Crimin...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 11.08 × 5.65 × 0.68 inPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230576680

ISBN - 13:9780230576681

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1. Histories of female incarceration
2. Agency, Violence and Regulation in the Incarceration of Women
3. Researching Prison: Women's Voices
4. Women's imprisonment, conflict and transition
5. Inside a Deteriorating Regime
6. Self Harm and Suicide
7. Tale of Two Inquests
8. Hydebank Wood: The Prison Within
9. Women in Prison, the Pain of Confinement and Decarceration