Doing Harder Time?: The Experiences of an Ageing Male Prison Population in England and Wales Hardcover – Apr 28 2012
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'... Dr. Mann makes a valiant effort in providing one of the few studies that has focused on the inner lives of older men doing time. This book should be a most helpful resource for prison policy makers and for researchers who continue to break new ground on this increasingly important topic.' International Criminal Justice Review 'Revealing for the first time the plight of older men in prison and addressing the challenges faced by prison officers in managing the needs of this cohort Mann approaches her research material with sensitivity and shows that the needs of an ageing prison population have to be confronted. It is an engaging and challenging read - a must for those who are interested and working with older offenders.' Azrini Wahidin, Queen's University Belfast, UK 'Doing Harder Time? is an insightful and engaging book on the daily challenges of aging in prison. The topic is extremely timely as the aging prison population has become a worldwide concern. The qualitative approach is most compelling as the personal narratives bring to life the vivid account of this group of elderly male's prison experiences.' Ronald H. Aday, Middle Tennessee State University, USA '[Mann] should be commended for securing access at all, and for undertaking what must have been difficult and delicate interviews. There is much in this book which merits further analysis and wider exposure, both about ageing prisoners in general and about the sex offenders who comprise a significant portion of this overall subpopulation.' British Journal of Criminology 'Doing Harder Time? provides the reader with thought provoking insights into the experiences of incarcerated males. By focusing on men over the age of 55, Mann has chosen to centre her book upon several main themes - ageing, prison, agency, identity, masculinity - and in the process contributes to wider discussions found in gerontological, sociological and criminological inquiry. This widens the book's appeal to practitioners, academics and undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines and areas... Mann's research findings are based upon forty in-depth interviews with inmates and ten interviews with prison officers. As dialectical and immersive encounters, Mann invites readers to become absorbed as she has, by the often distressing accounts of daily prison routines and practices. Doing Harder Time is therefore full of rich qualitative detail which draws readers behind the prison walls and inside the minds of older men in prison... Mann's proximity to the older male prisoners in her study and remarkable ability to bring to the fore their perceptions and experiences, is perhaps this book's greatest strength.' Sociological Research Online 'This book makes grim reading and a only wish more people would take the trouble to do so, for Nathalie Mann has crafted a compelling account of an issue few people will find compelling. It tells the story of men in prison who will, most likely, die there of old age, their lives progressively degraded by growing infirmity and permanent incarceration.' Ageing and Society
About the Author
Natalie Mann, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
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