The Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking Spirits by L. MooreThe Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking Spirits by L. Moore

The Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking Spirits

byL. Moore, P. Scraton

Hardcover | November 26, 2013

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This unique book provides a rare insight into the debilitating impact of regimes that fail to respond to the complex and gender specific needs of women behind bars. Exploring the marginalization, mental health and experiences of women in prison, it specifically focuses on the legacy of women's imprisonment in Northern Ireland.
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 Crimina...
Title:The Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking SpiritsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pagesPublished:November 26, 2013Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage: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

Editorial Reviews

"I found this to be an excellent and highly informative book. . It will be of great value to teachers and students of criminology and sociology alike, as well as to researchers in the field of penal research, and of relevance to policy makers and criminal justice practitioners. . I found the book's illustration of the very real and human consequences of ignoring voices, findings and recommendations of research and inspections particularly relevant and significant." (Annie Rose Crowley, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books,, 2016)'The deplorable state of life in women's prisons too often rests in the shadows of discussions focused entirely on men's incarceration. In this extraordinary piece of investigative research, Phil Scraton and Linda Moore elevate that status to red-alert levels, revealing the overlooked conditions of imprisoned women as part of an urgent, top-to-bottom criminological and human rights crisis.' - Patricia J. Williams, Columnist, The Nation Magazine and Professor of Law, Columbia University School of Law, USA'A startlingly dark and profoundly disturbing analysis of women's experiences of violence, neglect and resistance in prison in the North of Ireland. Uniquely situated within the legacy of paramilitary imprisonment and transition from political conflict, it speaks to concerns regarding the structural determining contexts of institutional violence and injustice in women's prisons globally.'- Bree Carlton, Monash University, Australia'Linda Moore and Phil Scraton's book awakens our sensibilities and unlocks our minds to appreciate the massive harms prisons impose on a growing population of women. This important book draws upon the researchers' political engaged ethnography of life inside a women's prison as well as deeply detailed transnational and historical analysis of penal regimes for women. The authors bear witness to forms of 'institutionalized' abuse, intimidation, and neglect that create intolerable conditions for incarcerated women and make the strong case for an urgent and fundamental rethinking of use of punishment in modern societies.' - Kristin Bumiller, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA'The Incarceration of Women: Punishing Bodies, Breaking Spirits is an historical, biographical and empirical account of the devastating institutional experiences which have besieged the lives of incarcerated women in Northern Ireland over decades. The powerful combination of methodological rigor, deliberate contextualisation, unambiguous narratives and an even-handed analysis has produced one of the most thorough and candid ethnographical works on women in prison of our time. Not only do Scraton and Moore reveal and stand against the harmful, oppressive conditions and disturbing realities of women's imprisonment, they also stand up for a more humane, more ethical 'criminology' in the process.' - Lillian Artz, Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa