(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Inside ‘the Carceral’: Girls and Young Women in the Scottish Criminal Justice System

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

Schliehe Anna Katharina (1) ;
(1) Geographical and Earth Sciences, University of Glasgow


As a newly emerging sub-field within human geography, carceral geography offers a unique perspective and understanding of closed spaces. Reflecting this development, three types of closed institutions provide the background for this empirical paper. The nature and experience of these spaces of confinement are explored by using in-depth qualitative interviews with young women in Scotland. The focus on gender-/age-specific characteristics and physical and spatial features reveals the processes of being ‘locked up’, of the perception of confinement and emotional responses to prison, secure care and closed psychiatry. The young women's accounts of these closed institutions are seldom heard in discourses on crime and punishment, providing an in-depth insight into these otherwise enclosed spaces. Considering the geography of three carceral systems, this study extends beyond physical detainment and works towards an understanding of the carceral experience as an emplaced, gendered, embodied, emotional and often repetitive practice. This paper is based on a larger empirical study and uses selected results of this more extensive data to exemplify ‘the carceral’ in this particular context.

La nature et l'expérience de ces espaces d'emprisonnement sont explorés en utilisant des entretiens qualitatifs approfondis avec de jeunes femmes écossaises. L'accent est mis sur la perception de l'emprisonnement et les réponses émotionnelles à la prison, les soins sécurisés et la psychiatrie fermée. On entend rarement les comptes-rendus de jeunes femmes de ces institutions fermées dans les discours sur le crime et la punition. En considérant la géographie de trois systèmes carcéraux, on va au-delà de la détention physique et on travaille à une compréhension de l'expérience carcérale en tant que pratique située, incarnée, émotionnelle et souvent répétitive.


Article of periodic

published at : Scottish geographical journal / ISSN 1751-665X

Editor : Taylor & Francis, Abingdon - ROYAUME-UNI (1999)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 130, no2 [pp. 71-85]
Published in 20140403

Bibliographic references : 57



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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : 10.1080/14702541.2013.838639

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