A convict’s life in a total institution is consumed with regimented boredom and periodic moments of explosive violence; sensory and social deprivation and punitive interventions. This begs the questions: How then do these men and women return to life on the outside and succeed after years of isolation from the social body? Indeed, how do those that who care about them cope with both the imprisonment of their loved ones and their subsequent release? In this panel, Canadian researchers consider the impact of doing time on lives outside the prison walls at the edges of society and the strategies used to overcome the obstacles encountered in adjusting to ‘freedom’. Drawing on ethnomethodological research with former prisoners and their loved ones panelists draw on diverse theoretical lenses (governmentality, feminist, critical human geography, and symbolic interactionism) in order to explore transitions to the community, workforce, and intimate social relationships.
This session is not open to the Call for Papers.
Chair and Discussant: Kevin Walby, University of Victoria
Session Organizer: Melissa Munn, PhD, Okanagan University, email@example.com
Session Code: Crim2