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“I try and make my cell a positive place”: Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution

Mehay, Anita, Meeks, R. and Ogden, Jane (2019) “I try and make my cell a positive place”: Tactics for mitigating risks to health and wellbeing in a young offender institution Health and Place, 57. pp. 54-60.

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Abstract

Prisons provide an important public health opportunity to improve the health of a hard-to-reach population. However, the prison as a place for health promotion requires greater attention. Using De Certeau’s concept of tactics, semi-structured interviews with 35 young men who had screened as low on an anxiety and depression scale, illustrate how they stitch together discrete tactics to navigate the prison system and mitigate the risks to their health and wellbeing. These involve a process of being vigilant to the cracks in the system whilst appropriating objects and seeking out spaces of comfort. Understanding imprisonment in this nuanced approach provides greater insights into the interplay of health and place with the potential to inform context-relevant practice and policy.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Mehay, Anitaa.mehay@surrey.ac.uk
Meeks, R.
Ogden, JaneJ.Ogden@surrey.ac.uk
Date : May 2019
Funders : Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
DOI : 10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.03.012
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords : Prison health; Young adulthood; Healthy prison; Tactics; de Certeau; Health promotion
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 03 May 2019 09:47
Last Modified : 10 Oct 2020 02:08
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/851740

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