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Prisoners, Solitude, and Time


ISBN13: 9780199684489
Published: October 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £65.00



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Examining two overlapping aspects of the prison experience that, despite their central importance, have not attracted the scholarly attention they deserve, this book assesses both the degree to which prisoners can withstand the rigours of solitude and how they experience the passing of time. In particular, it looks at how they deal with the potentially overwhelming prospect of a long, or even indefinite, period behind bars. While the deleterious effects of penal isolation are well known, little systematic attention has been given to the factors associated with surviving, and even triumphing over, prolonged exposure to solitary confinement.

Through a re-examination of the roles of silence and separation in penal policy, and by contrasting the prisoner experience with that of individuals who have sought out institutional solitariness (for example as members of certain religious orders), and others who have found themselves held in solitary confinement although they committed no crime (such as hostages and some political prisoners), Prisoners, Solitude, and Time seeks to assess the impact of long-term isolation and the rationality of such treatment. In doing so, it aims to stimulate interest in a somewhat neglected aspect of the prisoner's psychological world.

The book focuses on an aspect of the prison experience - time, its meanderings, measures, and meanings - that is seldom considered by academic commentators. Building upon prisoner narratives, academic critiques, official publications, personal communications, field visits, administrative statistics, reports of campaigning bodies, and other data, it presents a new framework for understanding the prison experience. The author concludes with a series of reflections on hope, the search for meaning, posttraumatic growth, and the art of living.

Subjects:
Criminology
Contents:
1. Historical Perspectives
2. Reconsidering the Effects of Silence and Separation
3. The (Certain) Pains and (Uncertain) Pleasures of Solitude
4. Pathological Loneliness
5. The Apotheosis of Solitary Confinement
6. Making the SHU Fit (for Purpose)
7. Lockdown, Infamy, and Inhuman Relations
8. Time Passes, Inescapably
9. Critical Fractions: Life Lived and Life Left
10. Taming Time and Reframing Isolation
11. Withstanding Time's Abrasion

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