Exploring Issues of Confinement: Identity and Control

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Exploring Issues of Confinement: Identity and Control


Edited by  Diana Soeiro

Year: 2016

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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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.

Diana Soeiro

Part I Learning

Teaching in Prison
Naouel Abdessemed

Part II Resistance and Confinement

Confinement beyond Walls: Urban Phobias, Hikikomori and the Literally Locked
Diana Soeiro

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
Smoking Ban
Allison Spurgeon-Dickson

Diana Soeiro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). General research area: Aesthetics and Ontology. Specific research topics: Philosophy of Space, Space and Body, Architecture and Urbanism, Anthropology and Psychiatry.