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Revisiting the pains of imprisonment: Dr Ben Crewe, Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Date: 16 April 2010 Time: 1.00 - 2.00 pm

Venue: Bowland North Seminar Room 22

The 'pains of imprisonment' have been a longstanding concern within Prison sociology. This seminar revisits the topic, suggesting that modern penal practices have created a range of new burdens and frustrations that differ from other pains in their causes, nature and effects. It argues that the pains of imprisonment can be divided up conceptually, and to some degree historically, into those deriving from the inherent features of incarceration, those resulting from deliberate abuses and derelictions

of duty, and those that are consequences of systemic policies and institutional practices. The seminar explains the relevance of the concept of 'tightness', as well as 'depth' (Downes 1988) and 'weight' (King and McDermott 1995), to the contemporary prison experience, and illustrates how the current range of pains and frustrations impacts not only on the personal experience of imprisonment but also the terms of prisoner culture and society.

Dr. Ben Crewe,Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Seminar organised jointly by Dept of Applied Social Science and Lancaster Literacy Research Centre

Event website: http://literacy.lancs.ac.uk

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Who can attend: Anyone

 

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Associated staff: Anita Wilson

Organising departments and research centres: Applied Social Science, Lancaster Literacy Research Centre, Linguistics and English Language

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