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Young Men’s Experiences of Long-Term Imprisonment

Living Life, 1st Edition

By Rachel Rose Tynan

Routledge

178 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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Ethnography

Ethnography is a celebrated, if contested, research methodology that offers unprecedented access to people's intimate lives, their often hidden social worlds and the meanings they attach to these.  The intensity of ethnographic fieldwork often makes considerable personal and emotional demands on the researcher, while the final product is a vivid human document with personal resonance impossible to recreate by the application of any other social science methodology.  This series aims to highlight the best, most innovative ethnographic work available from both new and established scholars.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC026000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General