Jessica Bird

Assistant professor


Working Title of PhD: The Wall & the Bridge: Scottish Approaches to ‘Problem’ Prisoners

Year commenced PhD study: 2011
Institution: University of Edinburgh
Funding Source: Economic and Social Research Council
PhD Supervisors: Prof Richard Sparks and Prof Christine Bell

Synopsis: This research traces the development, operation and experience of segregation arrangements in Scottish prisons from the late 1950s until the present day. While the project focuses on the contemporary history of special handling measurse – with greatest emphasis placed on the network of small, specialist units – consideration is also given to the development of more routine segregation measures. These include classification procedures (to differentiate people), both internal spatial zoning and the functional designation of individual institutions (to separately organise and contain discrete groups of prisoners), and a range of situational controls (to sustain the boundaries these first two elements produce). Together these constitute what Foucault (1977) terms an internal system of “disciplinary partitioning”.

Keywords: Prison, segregation, Scotland


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