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Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology

Female Imprisonment

An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Confinement

Authors: Frois, Catarina

  • Provides a criminological and anthropological analysis of a "safe haven" prison setting
  • Offers a detailed exploration of women's lives in a facility in South Portugal, exploring inmates' detailed narratives, a focus on female confinement, and the importance of family and relationships before and after imprisonment
  • Speaks to academics and professionals in Criminology, Sociology, Anthropology, Human Rights and Psychology
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About this book

This book is a reflection on the nature of confinement, experienced by prison inmates as everyday life. It explores the meanings, purposes, and consequences involved with spending every day inside prison. Female Imprisonment results from an ethnographic study carried out in a small prison facility located in the south of Portugal, and Frois uses the data to analyze how incarcerated women talk about their lives, crimes, and expectations. Crucially, this work examines how these women consider prison: rather than primarily being a place of confinement designed to inflict punishment, it can equally be a place of transformation that enables them to regain a sense of selfhood. From in-depth ethnographic research involving close interaction with the prison population, in which inmates present their life histories marked by poverty, violence, and abuse (whether as victims, as agents, or both), Frois observes that the traditional idea of “doing time”, in the sense of a strenuous, repressive, or restrictive experience, is paradoxically transformed into “having time” – an experience of expanded self-awareness, identity reconstruction, or even of deliverance. Ultimately, this engaging and compassionate study questions and defies customary accounts of the impact of prisons on those subjected to incarceration, and as such it will be of great interest for scholars and students of penology and the criminal justice system.

About the authors

Catarina Frois is Senior Researcher at the Center for Research in Anthropology and Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction—“A Doll’s House”

    Frois, Catarina

    Pages 1-26

  • Portugal, a “Mild-Mannered” Country: Penal and Penitentiary Overview

    Frois, Catarina

    Pages 27-50

  • Entering Odemira Prison Facility

    Frois, Catarina

    Pages 51-69

  • “Will You Be Back Again Tomorrow?” Everyday Rhythms of Imprisonment

    Frois, Catarina

    Pages 71-96

  • The Effects of Imprisonment

    Frois, Catarina

    Pages 97-122

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63685-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £109.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-63684-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Female Imprisonment
Book Subtitle
An Ethnography of Everyday Life in Confinement
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-63685-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-63685-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-63684-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 231
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations
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