Recounting the experiences of a racialized group of foreign national inmates

C. Kruttschnitt, A.J.E. Dirkzwager, L. Kennedy

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A wide range of scholarship examining the global effects of neo-liberalism draws attention to the precarious position of individuals who are not seen as part of the social body. While immigrants, racial minorities, and common criminals are central to this discourse, relatively little research has examined how the experiences of these individuals may vary based on statuses other than citizenship when they are imprisoned. Our research focuses on the interactions (between prisoners and between prisoners and correctional staff) of a racially diverse group of Dutch foreign national prisoners incarcerated in England. Although all of these prisoners clearly saw themselves as 'outsiders,' visible minorities faced a unique set of challenges relative to their White counterparts. We consider both the practical and theoretical import of these findings. © London School of Economics and Political Science 2013.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-500
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology
Issue number3
Early online date2 Sept 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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