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prisoners can withstand the rigours of solitude and how
they experience the passing of time. In particular, it looks at how
they deal with the potentially overwhelming prospect of a long,
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Examining two overlapping aspects of the prison experience that,
despite their central importance, have not attracted the scholarly
attention they deserve, this book assesses both the degree to which
prisoners can withstand the rigours of solitude and how they
experience the passing of time. In particular, it looks at how they
deal with the potentially overwhelming prospect of a long, or even
indefinite, period behind bars. While the deleterious effects of
penal isolation are well known, little systematic attention has
been given to the factors associated with surviving, and even
triumphing over, prolonged exposure to solitary confinement.
Through a re-examination of the roles of silence and separation in
penal policy, and by contrasting the prisoner experience with that
of individuals who have sought out institutional solitariness (for
example as members of certain religious orders), and others who
have found themselves held in solitary confinement although they
committed no crime (such as hostages and some political prisoners),
Prisoners, Solitude, and Time seeks to assess the impact of
long-term isolation and the rationality of such treatment.In doing
so, it aims to stimulate interest in a somewhat neglected aspect of
the prisoner's psychological world. The book focuses on an aspect
of the prison experience - time, its meanderings, measures, and
meanings - that is seldom considered by academic commentators.
Building upon prisoner narratives, academic critiques, official
publications, personal communications, field visits, administrative
statistics, reports of campaigning bodies, and other data, it
presents a new framework for understanding the prison experience.
The author concludes with a series of reflections on hope, the
search for meaning, posttraumatic growth, and the art of living.