1st Edition

Prison Masculinities International Perspectives and Interpretations

Edited By Tess Bartlett, Rosemary Ricciardelli Copyright 2023
    246 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited book explores prison masculinities, drawing from a wide range of international researchers to highlight how masculinities may divert from the "hypermasculine" or macho typology typically found in the prison masculinities literature.

    The book includes a diverse selection of writing on masculinities "in" and "of" prison; masculinities experienced by those living within, working, and experiencing prison as well as historical and critical accounts of masculinities from around the world. The contributors highlight how masculinities are experienced in a multitude of ways as is evidenced in both qualitative and quantitative research with men before, during, and after imprisonment; with correctional officers and staff; in the analysis of public records, in the critical examination of Sykes’ seminal work; and in historical and contemporary Australian society. Evidenced in writing drawn from Australia, the Dominican Republic, Ukraine, Hong Kong, the United States, Scotland, and the Netherlands, the contributors acknowledge that rather than being fixed, discourses around prison masculinities now include sexuality, gender identity, and diverse understandings around masculinities as strategic, hegemonic, and ever changing.

    Prison Masculinities is important reading for students and scholars across disciplines, including criminology, sociology, gender studies, law, international relations, history, health, psychology, and education.

    Chapter 4 of this book is available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at www.routledge.com . It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Introduction: Masculinities "in" and "of" Prison

    Tess Bartlett and Rosemary Ricciardelli

    Chapter 1. Masculinity, Sexuality, and Violence in the Australian Convict Colonies

    Russell Hogg and John Scott  

    Chapter 2. The Shackles of Maculinity: Indigenous Men, Settler Colonialism, and the Carceral Archipelago

    Krystal Lockwood and Bhiamie Williamson

    Chapter 3. Power, Piety, and Productivity: Negotiating Status and Masculinities in Dominican Prisons

    Jennifer Peirce

    Chapter 4. The Toll of Totalising Masculinities in Prison

    Anton Symkovych

    Chapter 5. Surviving as "the Lowest of the Low": A Narrative of Prison Experience from a Child Sex Offender

    Wing Hong Chui

    Chapter 6. Masculinities in Prison: Expression, Variation, and Implications for Violent Misconduct

    Meghan M. Mitchell

    Chapter 7. "The Real Man": A Problematic Concept or Exceptionally Progressive for 1950s Punishment Scholarship?

    Rosemary Ricciardelli and Tess Bartlett

    Chapter 8. Are Inclusive Masculinities Performed Within Prison Settings?

    Matthew Maycock

    Chapter 9. Undoing Gender While Doing Time: Masculinities in Prison Arts Programs

    Laura Pecenco

    Chapter 10. Fathering in Prison: Adjustment and Aspirations

    Joni Reef and Jennifer Doekhie

    Chapter 11. Gender, Violence, and Vulnerability: Beyond the Prison

    Kate Seymour 

    Conclusion: Masculinities of Prison: Shaping Men While Being Shaped

    Rosemary Ricciardelli and Tess Bartlett


    Tess Bartlett is an early career researcher whose work lies at the nexus of masculinities, identity, and fathering, and how these are expressed in the prison environment and in carceral spaces. She is a senior report writer in the Waitangi Tribunal Unit at the Ministry of Justice, Wellington New Zealand. Previously, Tess worked as a research fellow in the Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and in various teaching and research roles in Criminology at Monash University, Melbourne. She has a forthcoming monograph entitled Fathers in prison: Negotiating masculinities, identity and space (Routledge) and is a book series editor for the Emerald Advances in Masculinities series, along with co-editors Professor Steven Roberts and Professor Rosemary Ricciardelli.

    Rosemary Ricciardelli is a Professor in the School of Maritime Studies and Research Chair in Safety, Security, and Wellness, at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Fisheries and Marine Institute. Elected to the Royal Society of Canada, her research centres on evolving understandings of gender, vulnerabilities, risk, and experiences and issues within different facets of the criminal justice system and among seafarers.