Prisoners' Families, Emotions and Space

By Maria Adams

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447358121

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447358138

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Jul 28, 2022

Page count

176 pages

ISBN

978-1447358138

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
Prisoners' Families, Emotions and Space

In this ethnographic study Maria Adams turns a geographical and feminist lens on prisoners’ families.  

She captures the testimonies of families as they navigate the sociological and social challenges of the imprisonment of loved ones, exploring key concepts including inequality, penal power, and vulnerability. She also measures the impacts on many aspects of families’ emotions, relationships, and identities, and considers the sources of support and resilience they draw on. 

With original research and fresh insights, the book deepens our understanding of carceral geography and how families experience spaces, both inside prison and beyond the bars.

“This is an exciting, original, and nuanced exploration of the spatial and emotional experiences of families of people in prison. It explores the subject matter in great depth and with sensitivity and scholarly rigour.” Anna Kotova, University of Birmingham

Maria Adams is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey.

1. Introduction: Getting in and setting the scene

2. Feminist geographies and carceral perspectives

3. The artificial home space: place of care or place of confinement?

4. Regulated spaces

5. Spatialities of waiting

6. Surviving the incarceration process: resilience to time

7. Families’ voices: creating a platform for families’ lives