Constructing and maintaining family in the context of imprisonment

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Abstract

For many families affected by imprisonment, the prison can become a central and damaging force in their lives. Yet, to fully understand the impact of imprisonment upon families, there is a need for greater critical engagement with the concept of the family, and how this is defined and operationalised. Utilising Finch’s theory of family practices, this article will argue that the family relationships affected by imprisonment are not only highly individual, but also actively constructed through embodied displays of care and commitment. However, we must guard against privileging family displays that fit most comfortably within a white, middle-class framework, and ensure that the voices of all families affected by imprisonment are heard in the growing conversations about their needs. Key words: families affected by imprisonment, family practices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Early online date10 Feb 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • imprisonment
  • family practices
  • families affected by imprisonment
  • family life
  • prisons

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