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Embodying Punishment: Emotions, Identities, and Lived Experiences in Women's Prisons

Anastasia Chamberlen


This book offers a theoretical and empirical exploration of women’s lived experiences of imprisonment in England. It puts forward a feminist critique of the prison, and argues that prisoner bodies are central to our understanding of modern punishment, and particularly of women’s survival and resistance during and after prison. Drawing on a feminist phenomenological framework informed by a serious engagement with scholars such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Simone de Beauvoir, Erwin Goffman, Michel Foucault, Sandra Lee Bartky, and Tori Moi, Embodying Punishment revisits and expands the literature on ... More

Keywords: women prisoners, experience of imprisonment, bodies, embodiment, punishment, prison, feminist studies, gender, pains of imprisonment, criminology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198749240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anastasia Chamberlen, author
Assistant Professor in Sociology, University of Warwick