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“Yes, I can still parent. Until I die, he will always be my son": Parental responsibility in the wake of child incarceration

McCarthy, Daniel and Adams, Maria (2017) “Yes, I can still parent. Until I die, he will always be my son": Parental responsibility in the wake of child incarceration Punishment & Society.

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Abstract

This paper examines what parental responsibility means when an adolescent child is sent to prison, where the traditional parenting relationship seemingly ends and parens patriae or penal control comes into full force. Paradoxically, we argue that even in these restricted spaces of contact, parenting continues, albeit in a form which runs into frequent tension with the care/control modalities of the prison itself. Our data further demonstrate the importance of addressing a constellation of social adversities experienced by caregivers, in conjunction with the collateral consequences of offending and incarceration. Data are drawn from interviews with primary caregivers with young men in prison (n=61).

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
McCarthy, DanielD.Mccarthy@surrey.ac.uk
Adams, Mariam.n.adams@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 1 December 2017
Funders : ESRC
DOI : 10.1177/1462474517745892
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright The Author(s) 2017. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Uncontrolled Keywords : family, imprisonment, parenting, responsibility, young offenders
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 19 Dec 2017 14:40
Last Modified : 11 Dec 2018 11:23
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/845451

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