By Mary Bosworth

This publication explores how energy is negotiated in women’s prisons. Drawing on fieldwork carried out in 3 penal institutions in England, it analyses how girls deal with the constraints of imprisonment and the style within which they try to withstand institutional keep an eye on. it's proposed that strength is negotiated on a personal, person point, as ladies frequently withstand the establishment just by attempting to continue a picture of regulate over their very own lives. besides the fact that, their picture of themselves as energetic, reasoning brokers is undermined through institutional regimes which motivate conventional, passive, female behaviour whilst they deny the ladies their identities and duties as moms, other halves, girlfriends and sisters. Femininity is, consequently, either the shape and the target of women’s imprisonment. but ironically, femininity additionally deals the opportunity of resistance, simply because girls be capable to insurgent via appropriating and altering features of it.

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