This volume presents a personal account of the experience of teaching Arabic in a French men’s prison; a reflection on the experience of confinement, taking the perspective of anthropological psychiatry, relating it to the hikikomori phenomena and claustrophobia, using Austrian philosopher Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) as its main reference; an account of the violence against women in Canadian prisons, and a reflection of human rights, oriented by Michel Foucault’s work (1926-1984) and; a consideration of an equal rights issue, by addressing the effects of the total tobacco and smoke-free policy, applied both to prisoners and staff, that is being considered by HM Prison Service (England and Wales). All chapters revolve around the ideas of identity and control, enriching therefore the debate on whether prison, as we know it, is an effective institution to promote edification. Ultimately, this is a volume that claims that it is necessary to re-think the institution of prison, reframing approaches, methods and rules, so it can live to its own expectations, embodying principles of justice, equal and human rights.
Exploring Issues of Confinement: Identity and Control
Edited by Diana Soeiro
Format: eBook (pdf)
How, and which, identity issues arise during an experience of confinement? This question is addressed from different perspectives: Learning; Resistance and Confinement; Women in Prison and; Rites and Rights of Incarceration.
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Part I Learning
Teaching in Prison
Part II Resistance and Confinement
Confinement beyond Walls: Urban Phobias, Hikikomori and the Literally Locked
Part III Women in Prison
Normalized Violence: Women and Canadian Penality
Vicki Chartrand and Petey
Part IV Rites and Rights of Incarceration
Turning in the Screw: Prisoners Policing Staff and Other Issues with Engaging Prison Staff in a Workplace