Living with the pains of confinement: the experiences of children with parents in prison in Northern Ireland

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Based on qualitative research within the context of Northern Ireland’s prison system, this chapter identifies ways in which the discipline and punishment role of the prison (Foucault 1979) extends into the lives not only of prisoners, but also their children and families. Drawing upon interviews, focus groups and observation of prison regimes in each of Northern Ireland’s three prisons, the research explores how having a family member in prison impacts on the daily lives of children and their families, both in relation to direct experiences of contact with the prison itself, and also within the context of a society in which they are routinely marginalised and stigmatised due to their spoiled status (Goffman 1963) as prisoners’ relatives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren's Rights and Parental Imprisonment
EditorsAisling Parkes, Fiona Donson
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


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