‘Based on a decade of field research, Barbara Owen will discuss her co-authored book In Search of Safety. The authors argue that intersectional inequalities and cumulative disadvantages are at the root of the gendered harms that both mirror women’s pathways to prison and constrain their experience while confined. Women must negotiate these inequities by developing forms of prison capital—social, human, cultural, emotional, and economic—to ensure their safety while inside. This conflict and subsequent violence result from human-rights violations inside the prison that occur within the gendered context of substandard prison conditions, inequalities of capital among those imprisoned, and relationships with correctional staff. By claiming such gendered harms are a form of state-sponsored suffering, In Search of Safety proposes a way forward—the implementation of international human-rights standards – The Bangkok and the Mandela Rules– for all women’s prisons.’
Date: 26th October 2017, 6.00-7.00pm
Location: Eng 1.03, Malet Place Engineering Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Charge: Free, registration required
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