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Degrees of Freedom

Prison Education at The Open University

By Rod Earle and James Mehigan

Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353072

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

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Policy Press
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Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353065

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
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Published

18 Dec 2019

Page count

208 pages

ISBN

978-1447353102

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press
£26.99 £21.59You save £5.40 (20%)
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    The first authoritative volume to look back on the last 40 years of The Open University providing higher education to those in prison, this unique book gives voice to ex-prisoners whose lives have been transformed by the education they received. Offering vivid personal testimonies, reflective vignettes and academic analysis of prison life and education in prison, the book will mark the 50th anniversary of The Open University.

    'This important book documents the vital work done by The Open University in the development of prison education and provides valuable insights into the positive impact of this work upon individual prisoners.' Ivana Bacik, Trinity College Dublin

    Rod Earle started teaching with The Open University in 2006 and taught criminology courses as a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economics, City University and University of Westminster. He has published widely from this research and in 2014 completed his PhD by Publication in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at The Open University.

    James Mehigan is a lecturer in criminology at The Open University and a human rights barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He is also a trustee of the UK branch of Front Line Defenders, a NGO that focuses on the protection of human rights defenders at risk around the world.

    Openings and Introductions: Education for the many, prison for the few ~ Rod Earle and James Mehigan

    From Prisoner to Student ~ Anne Pike and Ruth McFarlane

    Vignette 1: Kamal Abdul – ‘Choosing my journey’

    Pioneers and Politics: Open University Journeys in British and Irish prisons in Long Kesh during the years of conflict 1972-1975 ~ Philip O’Sullivan & Gabi Kent

    Vignette 2: Thomas – ‘Avoiding the mind-numbing vortex of drivel…’

    A University Without Walls ~ Dan Weinbren

    Vignette 3: Mr C.T. Morgans: ‘Starting a new chapter’

    Open universities, close prisons: critical arguments for the future ~ Rod Earle & James Mehigan

    Vignette 4: Eris – ‘Out of the abysmal’ [832]

    The Light to Fight The Shadows: On Education as Liberation ~ Kris McPherson

    From Despair to Hope ~ Margaret Gough

    Vignette 5: Razib Quareshi – ‘Making my commitment’

    Straight up! From HMP to PhD ~ Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski

    From Open University in Prison to Convict Criminology Upon Release: Mind the Gap ~ Michael Irwin

    Vignette 6: Gordon McDonald – ‘Message to a prisoner’

    From the School of Hard Knocks to the University of Hard Locks ~ Abdulhaq Al-Wazeer

    Becoming Me with The Open University ~ Edwin Screeche-Powell

    Vignette 7: Steve Taylor – ‘Catching up with Kafka’

    From D102 to Paulo Freire: an Irish Journey ~ Laurence McKeown

    Vignette 8: Dan Micklethwaite – ‘My Journey, My New Life’

    Ex-prisoners and the transformative power of higher education ~ Dave Honeywell

    Vignette 9: Alan Jermey: ‘Prison choices: taking a degree or packing tea’

    What the OU did for me ~ Erwin James

    Appendix 1: Study with the OU