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Prisoners, Solitude, and Time (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,468
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Prisoners, Solitude, and Time (Hardcover): Ian O'Donnell

Prisoners, Solitude, and Time (Hardcover)

Ian O'Donnell

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

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Examining two overlapping aspects of the prison experience that, despite their central importance, have not attracted the scholarly attention they deserve, this book assesses both the degree to which prisoners can withstand the rigours of solitude and how they experience the passing of time. In particular, it looks at how they deal with the potentially overwhelming prospect of a long, or even indefinite, period behind bars. While the deleterious effects of penal isolation are well known, little systematic attention has been given to the factors associated with surviving, and even triumphing over, prolonged exposure to solitary confinement. Through a re-examination of the roles of silence and separation in penal policy, and by contrasting the prisoner experience with that of individuals who have sought out institutional solitariness (for example as members of certain religious orders), and others who have found themselves held in solitary confinement although they committed no crime (such as hostages and some political prisoners), Prisoners, Solitude, and Time seeks to assess the impact of long-term isolation and the rationality of such treatment. In doing so, it aims to stimulate interest in a somewhat neglected aspect of the prisoner's psychological world. The book focuses on an aspect of the prison experience - time, its meanderings, measures, and meanings - that is seldom considered by academic commentators. Building upon prisoner narratives, academic critiques, official publications, personal communications, field visits, administrative statistics, reports of campaigning bodies, and other data, it presents a new framework for understanding the prison experience. The author concludes with a series of reflections on hope, the search for meaning, posttraumatic growth, and the art of living.

General

Imprint: Oxford UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology
Release date: November 2014
Authors: Ian O'Donnell (Professor of Criminology)
Dimensions: 225 x 149 x 29mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 344
ISBN-13: 978-0-19-968448-9
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social issues > General
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Offenders
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Penology & punishment > Prisons
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Crime & criminology > Offenders > Rehabilitation of offenders
LSN: 0-19-968448-0
Barcode: 9780199684489

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