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Working for JusticeA Handbook of Prison Education and Activism$
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Stephen John Hartnett, Eleanor Novek, and Jennifer K. Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037702

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037702.001.0001

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“Courtesy Incarceration”

“Courtesy Incarceration”

Exploring Family Members’ Experiences of Imprisonment

(p.83) Chapter 4 “Courtesy Incarceration”
Working for Justice

Brittany L. Peterson

Beth M. Cohen

Rachel A. Smith

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the stigma experienced by family members of people who are incarcerated, examining how relatives and loved ones of people in prison try to build a sense of community and support. The chapter is based on a collaborative effort designed to preserve the integrity and credibility of the research while capitalizing on the unique strengths that come with personal experience. Each methodological choice helps to balance and alleviate the tension between objectivity and subjectivity in scholarship. The juxtaposition of the “subjective” relationship to the prison system and the “objective” research goals provides a holistic approach to exploring the experiences of those with incarcerated loved ones, in an effort to understand the communicative strategies used in these complex situations.

Keywords:   courtesy incarceration, imprisoned people, support system, personal experience, prison system, communicative strategies

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