Psychological Survival: The Experience of Long-term Imprisonment

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The authors, two sociologists who taught at Durham Prison, describe the subjective experience of a group of long-term offenders in a maximum security environment, and their adaptation to prison routines and demands. They describe inmate life with examples such as : always under the eye of a TV camera, sleeping with a light on all night, and spending ten years sewing mail bags. Also discussed are its effects, including inmate fears of psychological deterioration and reactions to disrupted emotional relationships. The new introduction, written for this edition, discusses the development of British penal policy over the intervening ten years, and documents the increased growth of the long-term penal population. Chapter 9, also written for the second edition, discusses the fate of the authors' research plans and the nature of other research on long-term imprisonment. A new Postscript by one of the prisoners described in the study comments on how the research looked to its 'objects'.

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Chapter One Getting into a maximum security
Chapter Two Survival in extreme situations
Chapter Three The closed emotional world

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