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Anna Katharina Schliehe

PhD Student


Working Title of PhD: The nature and experience of spaces of confinement for girls and women in Scotland

Year commenced PhD study: 2012 (full time)

Funding Source: Urban Studies Full

PhD Supervisors: Prof. Chris Philo, Dr. Hester Parr

Synopsis: This project is concerned with the experiences of girls and women in the Scottish criminal justice system. It explores their experiences in three types of institutions (secure care units, prison, and closed psychiatric units) and professionals’ views of the Scottish system. The discourse on spaces of confinement will be extended by highlighting the women’s trajectory into incarceration and the use of closed institutions as a response to ‘deviant’, ‘unmanageable’ and ‘disorderly’ behavior. It specifies how these social material and symbolic spaces are experienced and responded to and what the institutional journeys between them can look like (churning and revolving door phenomenon). The geography of three different systems of confinement for girls and women works towards an understanding of the carceral experience as embodied, emotional and often repetitive practice going beyond physical carceral detainment.

Keywords: Carceral spaces, institutions, gender



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