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Prisons, Punishment, and the Family: Towards a New Sociology of Punishment?

Rachel Condry and Peter Scharff Smith


This book draws together chapters from eight countries to explore the severe effects that prison has on the families of prisoners. There are millions of people affected by the imprisonment of a family member each year and they suffer a wide range of difficulties. This has important implications for society as prisoners’ families experience social exclusion and inequality, despite being innocent citizens. This is important for how we think about the use of imprisonment in society and how it has a wide reach beyond the wall of the prison.

Keywords: prison, prisoners, imprisonment, social exclusion, inequality, punishment, family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198810087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Condry, editor
Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Oxford

Peter Scharff Smith, editor
Professor in the Sociology of Law, Oslo University

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Part I Prisoners’ Families and Social Inequality

4 How Much Might Mass Imprisonment Affect Childhood Inequality?

Sara Wakefield and Christopher Wildeman

6 Missing and Missing Out

Susan M. Dennison and Kirsten L. Besemer *

7 Are the Children of Prisoners Socially Excluded?

Helene Oldrup and Signe Frederiksen

Part II Penal Power and Human Rights

12 Prisoners’ Families, Penal Power, and the Referred Pains of Imprisonment

Caroline Lanskey, Friedrich Lösel, Lucy Markson, and Karen Souza

Part III The Lived Experiences of Prisoners’ Families in Europe, North America, and Australia

17 Sharing Imprisonment

Rafaela Granja

18 Betwixt and Between

Shenique S. Thomas and Johnna Christian

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