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    Embodying prison pain: women’s experiences of self-injury in prison and the emotions of punishment

    Chamberlen, Anastasia (2016) Embodying prison pain: women’s experiences of self-injury in prison and the emotions of punishment. Theoretical Criminology 20 (2), pp. 205-219. ISSN 1362-4806.

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the meanings and motivations of self-injury practices as disclosed in interviews with a small group of female former prisoners in England. In considering their testimonies through a feminist perspective, I seek to illuminate aspects of their experiences of imprisonment that go beyond the ‘pains of imprisonment’ literature. Specifically, I examine their accounts of self-injury with a focus on the embodied aspects of their experiences. In so doing, I highlight the materiality of the emotional harms of their prison experiences. I suggest that the pains of imprisonment are still very much inscribed on and expressed through the prisoner’s body. This paper advances a more theoretically situated, interdisciplinary critique of punishment drawn from medical-sociological, phenomenological and feminist scholarship.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): women prisoners, embodiment, bodies, emotions, imprisonment, punishment
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Law
    Depositing User: Anastasia Chamberlen
    Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2015 11:44
    Last Modified: 31 Jul 2019 03:48
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/12451

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