A labour of love: the lived experience of the parents of prisoners and their role as human rights protectors

Hutton, Marie A labour of love: the lived experience of the parents of prisoners and their role as human rights protectors. In: Hutton, Marie and Moran, Dominique (eds.) Handbook of prison and the family. Palgrave MacMillan. (Accepted)

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Abstract

Moving beyond the traditional focus on the children and romantic partners of prisoners, this chapter draws on in-depth interviews with Mothers and Fathers of adult children to elicit their lived experience of caring for their imprisoned child. Adopting themes identified Gueta’s 2017 global meta-synthesis, this chapter illuminates important synergies, and disparities, between the accounts of parents of prisoners in England and Wales compared to extant international literature. For many the burden of caring for their imprisoned child was profound and all-encompassing. For some this burden became even heavier as they resorted to desperate measures to protect their children from physical and psychological harm within prison walls. The chapter then goes further and locates the burden of care carried by these parents in a human rights framework. Drawing comparisons with the Salakhov and Islyamova v Ukraine (2013) human rights case, the chapter examines the previously unconsidered role parents of prisoners can play as human rights protectors for their imprisoned child and the human rights implications of the psychological harm this labour can cause parents of prisoners.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: prisoners' families; human rights; family contact; burden of care; emotional labour; prisons research; ethnography
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
K Law
Depositing User: Marie Hutton
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2018 12:48
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 12:51
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/80227

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