Exploring Family Members’ Experiences of Imprisonment
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.
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