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A little bit of knowledge is a bad thing: Reflections on TC Tourism

Scott, DG and Gosling, HJ (2015) A little bit of knowledge is a bad thing: Reflections on TC Tourism. European Group Newsletter, 9.

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Abstract

The aim of this article is to briefly explore the strengths and weaknesses of engaging in short visits to Therapeutic Communities (TCs). As we search in or times of penal excess for different ways of responding to ‘troubled’ individuals, detailed knowledge about interventions such as the TC are becoming increasing significant. But how can politicians, practitioners, pressure groups, activists and members of the public learn more about the workings of the TC and its potential as a radical alternative? One possibility is through what we loosely refer to as ‘TC Tourism’. There is a growing body of literature on ‘prison tourism’ and other forms of limited engagement from members of the public in the prison place (Barton and Brown, 2012; Brown 2013; Piche and Walby, 2013). Much of this commentary has highlighted how little such ‘tourism’ has done to challenge ‘penological illiteracy’, punitive common sense constructions or established official ‘truths’ mystifying the painful realities of the prison place. Drawing upon our own experiences, we consider the strengths and weaknesses of engaging in visits to TCs in England, France, Italy, Denmark and Australia.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: School of Law
Publisher: EG Press
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2016 12:28
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2016 12:28
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3119

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