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1st Edition

Understanding the Educational Experiences of Imprisoned Men

ISBN 9780367340650
Published March 9, 2021 by Routledge
152 Pages

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Book Description

Understanding the Educational Experiences of Imprisoned Men explores how adult male prisoners interpret and give value to their experiences of education, presenting an opportunity to consider how education can be beneficial to prisoners including and beyond the enhancement of employability skills.

While the primary aim for education in prison has been to increase employability skills to prevent reoffending, further attention needs to be given to the broader outcomes of educational experiences and the importance of the development of other personal attributes including self-confidence, empowerment and the ability to engage in positive relationships. This book considers how education is also used by men in prison to cope with prison life, to reconsider their identity and to develop and maintain relationships. It also discusses the relationships that prisoners have with their teachers and other prison staff as well as the relationships that different types of prison staff have between each other. In addition, the role that education can play in the process of desistance from crime is discussed to provide an understanding of what changes occur in men who participate in educational courses.

This book will be of interest to not only students and scholars with an interest in imprisonment, rehabilitation and criminal justice practice, but also educationalists, those who work in the prison setting and in social work. It may also appeal to those involved in community development programmes and broader sociological research.


Table of Contents


1. Prison Education in Context

2. Finding Voices

3. Pains and Coping with Time Inside

4. Shaping and Reshaping Identity

5. Education and Relationships

6. Education and Desistance

7. Understanding Education in Prison

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Helen Nichols is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Lincoln. She researches contemporary imprisonment with specific interests in education in prison, the experience of imprisonment and the sociology of imprisonment.