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Confronting intergenerational harm: Care experience, motherhood and criminal justice involvement

Fitzpatrick, C, Hunter, K, Shaw, J and Staines, J (2023) Confronting intergenerational harm: Care experience, motherhood and criminal justice involvement. The British Journal of Criminology. ISSN 0007-0955

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Prior research highlights how criminalized mothers may be particularly at risk of negative judgements, but little work to date explores how criminalisation, care experience and motherhood may intersect to produce multi-faceted structural disadvantage within both systems of care and punishment. This paper attends to this knowledge gap, drawing on interviews with imprisoned women who have been in care (e.g. foster care or children’s homes), care-experienced girls and young women in the community, and professionals who work with them. Key findings include: a desire to break cycles of intergenerational stigma and social care involvement; lack of support and a fear of asking for help, and the care-less approach to pregnancy and motherhood that may be faced in prison and beyond.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology; 1801 Law; Criminology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2023 13:34
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 12:14
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/bjc/azad028
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/20743
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