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Prisoners, Solitude, and Time

Ian O'Donnell


Prisoners, Solitude, and Time is an examination of two overlapping aspects of the prison experience that, despite their central importance, have not attracted the scholarly interest they deserve. The first of these is the degree to which prisoners can withstand the rigours of solitude. 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. The second is how prisoners experience the temporal dimension of their lives, in particular t ... More

Keywords: prisoners, solitary confinement, supermax, post-traumatic growth, administrative segregation, survival stratagems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684489.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ian O'Donnell, author
University College Dublin