An extended social relational approach to learning disability incarcerated

Gormley, C. (2017) An extended social relational approach to learning disability incarcerated. In: Moran, D. and Schliehe, A. K. (eds.) Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues Between Geography and Criminology. Series: Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan: London, pp. 43-74. ISBN 9781137560568 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_3)

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Space, disability and society are interconnected within carceral settings in unique ways; it reveals the fluid boundaries of punishment as well as the pervasiveness and impact of a society designed by and for non-disabled people. This chapter foregrounds the accounts of people with learning disabilities as they situate incarceration within the context of their wider life experiences as disabled people, highlighting the ways in which they sociospatially position themselves within the prison population as a marginalised group. Here, the stories shared by 25 people with learning disabilities incarcerated in Scottish prisons expose disablement as a spatial issue, revealing this marginalised, yet heterogeneous, group as systematically disadvantaged and disenfranchised with new strata and experiences of disablism created by imprisonment.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Prison, learning disability, disablism, carceral spaces.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gormley, Dr Caitlin
Authors: Gormley, C.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Research Group:Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:08 May 2017
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