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Waiting at the Prison Gate: Women, Identity and the Russian Penal System

Waiting at the Prison Gate: Women, Identity and the Russian Penal System
Judith Pallott, Elena Katz

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The Russian Federation has one of the largest prison populations in the world. Women in particular are profoundly affected by the imprisonment of a family member. Families and Punishment in Russia details the experiences of these women-be they wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters-who, as relatives of Russia's three-quarters of a million prisoners, are the "invisible victims" of the country's harsh penal policy. A pioneering work that offers a unique lens through which various aspects of life in twenty-first century Russia can be observed: the workings of criminal sub-cultures; societal attitudes to parenthood, marriage and marital fidelity; young women's quests for a husband; nostalgia for the Soviet period; state strategies towards dealing with political opponents; and the social construction of gender roles.

Author Info

Judith Pallot is a Professor of the Human Geography of Russia, School of Geography and Environment, University of Oxford. Her interest in Russia spans four decades and she is a regular commentator for the media - including BBC Radio 4, Women s Hour, Radio Free Europe and NBC (Canada) - on questions of the Russian penal system. She is the author of a number of books, including most recently (with Laura Piacentini) Gender, Geography and Punishment: Women s Experiences of Carceral Russia (2012), which was awarded the Barbara Heldt prize for the best book in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women s Studies Studies."

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: International Library of Human Geography

ISBN: 9781784536602
Publication Date: 30 Nov 2016
Height: 222
Width: 140

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