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'Hearing Voices': Punishing Women's Mental Ill Health in Northern Ireland's Jails

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Scraton, P. and Moore, Linda (2009) 'Hearing Voices': Punishing Women's Mental Ill Health in Northern Ireland's Jails. 'Hearing Voices': Punishing Women's Mental Ill Health in Northern Ireland's Jails, International Journal of Prisoner Health, 5 (3). pp. 153-165. [Journal article]

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URL: URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449200903115813

DOI: 1 September 2009


Informed by primary interviews and observational research conducted by the authors with womenprisoners in Northern Ireland, this article focuses on prison as an institutional manifestation ofwomen’s powerlessness and vulnerability, particularly those enduring mental ill-health. It contextualises their experiences within continua of violence and ‘unsafety’. It also considers official responses to critical inspection reports and those of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission based on the authors’ research findings. Finally, the primary research demonstrates that three decades on from publication the first critical analyses of women’s imprisonment, the conditions of gendered marginalisation, medicalisation and punishment remain. This is brought into stark relief in the punitive regimes imposed on those most vulnerable through mental ill-health.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
ID Code:20533
Deposited By:Dr Linda Moore
Deposited On:16 Dec 2011 13:43
Last Modified:16 Dec 2011 13:43

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