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The impact of ‘life’ behind bars: understanding space, impression management and masculinity through former inmate narratives

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dc.contributor.supervisor Comack, Elizabeth (Sociology) en_US
dc.contributor.author Gacek, James
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-28T15:09:38Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-28T15:09:38Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/30636
dc.description.abstract Focusing on the architecture of carceral space, ‘impression management’ strategies, and masculinity performances within incarceration, this study examines the extent to which carceral space impacts the identity and behaviour of inmates throughout their interactions, both within the prison system and the inner-city. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten men who experienced periods of incarceration in Manitoba. Their narratives indicate that alternative spatial theorizing is needed to conceptualize the prison space—in terms of the prison as a ‘place,’ as well as ‘social,’ and ‘carceral’ space—and that there is a significant amount of impression and emotional management needed when interacting with other inmates. Recidivism, finding meaningful employment, and building positive social networks with family and friends on the outside remain persistent obstacles for community reintegration. Examining the intersections of spatiality, masculinity, and identity allows us to explore alternative processes to restore (former) inmates into their communities moving forward. en_US
dc.subject Space en_US
dc.subject Masculinity en_US
dc.subject Prison en_US
dc.subject Identity en_US
dc.title The impact of ‘life’ behind bars: understanding space, impression management and masculinity through former inmate narratives en_US
dc.degree.discipline Sociology en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Woolford, Andrew (Sociology) Kulchyski, Peter (Native Studies) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts (M.A.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2015 en_US


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