Criminology Seminar Series - Confronting Inequality In Women’s Imprisonment

Venue: Room 101, 30 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 5DT
Booking details: Free entry; booking required

Confronting Inequality In Women’s Imprisonment

Speaker: Professor Barbara Owen (Professor Emerita, Department of Criminology, California State University, Fresno)

Based on a decade of field research, Barbara Owen will discuss her co-authored book In Search of Safety. The authors argue that intersectional inequalities and cumulative disadvantages are at the root of the gendered harms that both mirror women’s pathways to prison and constrain their experience while confined. Women must negotiate these inequities by developing forms of prison capital—social, human, cultural, emotional, and economic—to ensure their safety while inside. This conflict and subsequent violence result from human-rights violations inside the prison that occur within the gendered context of substandard prison conditions, inequalities of capital among those imprisoned, and relationships with correctional staff. By claiming such gendered harms are a form of state-sponsored suffering, In Search of Safety proposes a way forward—the implementation of international human-rights standards – The Bangkok and the Mandela Rules-- for all women’s prisons.

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About the Criminology Seminar Series

In line with the School of Law, Birkbeck's research and teaching ethos, the Criminology Seminar Series aims to provide a platform for critical and interdisciplinary research, showcasing prominent and path-breaking research on crime, criminal justice and related themes by scholars from within and beyond Birkbeck. The series is convened by Dr Sappho Xenakis, School of Law, Birkbeck.

Attendance to the events is free but registration is required. Talks from the 2017/18 series will be avaible for download via the website. Find out more about the series here. The hashtag for the event is #BBKCrimSeries.

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Picture credit: Image is by Fernando Botero: Abu Ghraib #67 (2005). University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Gift of the Artist, 2009.12.42 Photographed for the UC Berkeley Art Museum by Benjamin Blackwell.

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