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Prisons, Punishment, and the FamilyTowards a New Sociology of Punishment?$
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Rachel Condry and Peter Scharff Smith

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198810087

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198810087.001.0001

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Betwixt and Between

Betwixt and Between

Incarcerated Men, Familial Ties, and Social Visibility

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Prisons, Punishment, and the Family

Shenique S. Thomas

Johnna Christian

Oxford University Press

This chapter draws from a qualitative study of incarcerated men to investigate the social processes and interactions between both correctional authorities and family members that inform their sense of belonging and legitimacy. It reveals that prison visitation rooms present a complex environment in which incarcerated men have access to discreet periods of visibility and relevance to their family members and the broader community. There are, however, several precarious aspects to these processes. The family members who are central to enhancing men’s visibility and legitimacy are primarily women from economically disadvantaged, racial, and ethnic minority groups, resulting in their own marginalization, which is compounded within prison spaces. By illuminating both the challenges and opportunities of familial connections, this chapter informs a social justice framework for understanding the experiences of both incarcerated men and their family members.

Keywords:   correctional officers, prisoners’ families, familial ties, social visibility, prison visitation rooms, legitimacy, prison spaces, social justice framework

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