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Hidden Injuries Beyond the Bars: A Critical Analysis of Re-Entry Experiences of Older, Once Convicted Men

Rogers, S (2024) Hidden Injuries Beyond the Bars: A Critical Analysis of Re-Entry Experiences of Older, Once Convicted Men. Doctoral thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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The life experiences of older people are becoming an ever-increasing topic of research due to the unprecedented numbers of those living longer. The increase in the number of older men in society has been mirrored by the unprecedented number of older men in prison, which has resulted in greater numbers of these men undergoing the community re-entry process. Despite the rapidly increasing numbers there is an absence of literature from England and Wales which has focused on older, once convicted men’s experiences of re-entry through gaining their individual accounts. This thesis critically analyses the pains of post imprisonment for once convicted men aged 50 and over, in the North-West of England. Dominant perceptions surrounding older, once convicted men are challenged by situating their re-entry experiences through a lens of socially constructed stigma, pain, and social death. The findings have shown that older, once convicted men endured the pains of re-entry in four primary areas, the experiences of imprisonment, the structural barriers to re-entry, supervision following incarceration and the impacts of a stigmatized identity. The findings have brought to light the painful, once hidden, relationship between older men and re-entry and have revealed how their lived realities, moulded by imprisonment and supervision in the community, and socially constructed by society, have led to living freedom in a state of social death.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Re-entry; Ageing in society; Stigma; Social death
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Justice Studies (from Sep 19)
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 16:41
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 16:42
DOI or ID number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00022668
Supervisors: Burke, L, Steele, R and Sim, J
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22668
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