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ISBN 9780367581978
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
186 Pages

 
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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.

Table of Contents

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

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Author(s)

Biography

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.