"Mind your language" What people in prison think about the language used to describe them.

Bidwell, Lili and Polley, Laura (2023) "Mind your language" What people in prison think about the language used to describe them. The Howard journal of crime and justice. ISSN 2059-1101

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This study investigated how people in prison feel about the language used to describe them and how it affected them. Previous research shows that terminology used to describe people in prison affects their self-identity, namely through its shame-inducing effects. A thematic analysis of qualitative data gathered through interviews demonstrated that language impacts how an individual in prison engages with the community and how they view themselves. Positive and progressive language in prisons has the potential to remove the shame and stigma attached to the prisoner identity.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: language in prisons, identity, stigmatisation, dehumanising language, shame
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > KD England and Wales
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: Laura Polley
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2022 12:42
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2023 10:18
URI: https://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2639

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