Young Men’s Experiences of Long-Term Imprisonment

Living Life

Long sentenced young people are a small but significant part of the juvenile prison population. The current approach to young people convicted of serious crime speaks to wider issues in criminal and social justice, including the idealisation of (some) childhoods, processes of racialisation and identity and the sociology of the body. Les mer
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Long sentenced young people are a small but significant part of the juvenile prison population. The current approach to young people convicted of serious crime speaks to wider issues in criminal and social justice, including the idealisation of (some) childhoods, processes of racialisation and identity and the sociology of the body. Analysing the relationships between biography, trauma and habitus reveals the ways in which class, racial and legal status are experienced and resisted.


Young Men's Experiences of Long-Term Imprisonment: Living Life considers the need for the reinvigoration of prison ethnography and calls for a phenomenological approach to understanding youth crime and punishment. An insightful ethnographic study on imprisoned 15- to 17-year-olds in England, this volume examines how young people experience long-term imprisonment, manage their time and imagine and shape their futures. Drawing on observations, interviews and correspondence, Tynan situates long-term imprisonment of young men within the wider social context of criminal and social justice; and analyses constructs and practices that locate responsibility for crime with individuals and communities.


Young Men's Experiences of Long-Term Imprisonment: Living Life will be of interest to students and researchers interested in the sociology of prisons, punishment and youth justice and qualitative research methodology.

Fakta

Innholdsfortegnelse

1 'Be easy, see wagwan': Introduction


The shape of the field


Crime, risk and harm


Chapter outline





2 'My story's boring': Why young prisoners' stories matter


The political economy of crime


Understanding prisons or understanding prisoners?


The fact of blackness and double consciousness


Shame and (symbolic) violence


Towards a phenomenology of long-term imprisonment.


Conclusion





3 'Real talk': Methodology and reflections on fieldwork


Getting in


Research as 'passing'


Becoming participant


Paper files and straw men


Ethics and safety





4 'Just gotta ride it': Adaptation, survival and change


Life before Cypress


From the first day to everyday


The carceral habitus.


Conclusion





5 'That's just their pen and ink': Resisting the pains of imprisonment


Atmosphere, accessories and alienation


'It's just not a nice place to be'


Deprivation of corporeal experience


Identity


Conclusion





6 'Obviously, you can't just back down...' Violence and identity


'Gangs', groups and good old fashioned fighting


Place, space and keeping face


Violence and collective identity


Collectivism vs individualism


Conclusion





7 'Clothes, food and love...': family, fatherhood and the limits of fratriarchy


Something in the way


'It is what it is': maintaining family ties


Fatehrs and fatherhood


Things fall apart


Allies, associates and alliances


Conclusion





8 'Jail's not gonna do nothin'...at all': Conclusion


Biography, habitus and trauma


The experience and resistance of imposed class, racial and legal status and prisonisation


Beyond the (purely) sociological imagination


Impelling the phenomenology of youth imprisonment

Om forfatteren

Rachel Rose Tynan was awarded her PhD in Sociology from Goldsmiths in 2018 and manages prison/university partnerships and other criminal and social justice projects.