In Part II research from across Western Europe, Serbia and Israel explore particular challenges faced by prisoners from victimisation and violence to health and emotional vulnerability. Differences in the experiences of various prisoner groups are considered including by older prisoners, female prisoners and those diagnosed with intellectual disabilities. Through these accounts of research, concerns around the implications of penal policy and practice are raised which indicate that prisons are often not sufficiently responsive to the needs of minority prisoner groups. The research in this chapter is underpinned by the work of Gresham Sykes and his ground-breaking 1958 study of an American maximum security prison, within which Sykes set out his typology of the five pains or deprivations of imprisonment. How prisoners manage these deprivations and cope is also considered in the contributions to this part of the book, drawing on the traditions of Goffman’s Stigma and more recent work by researchers such as Crewe (2012) and Liebling and Maruna (2005) on the adaptations and adjustments prisoners make in response to the deprivations that they face.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExperiencing Imprisonment
Subtitle of host publicationResearch on the Experience of Living and Working in Carceral Institutions
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781317653486
ISBN (Print)9781138790469
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2016


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