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Dr Ben Laws,

Research Associate,

ESRC New Investigator,

Wolfson College Junior Research Fellow

Emotions in Prison: using metaphor to explore feelings, order and control

Emotions are no longer banished to the margins of prisons research, however they still remain notably underexplored. In this lecture, I summarise the key findings from my doctoral research on emotions in prison. I argue that emotions are a powerful lens to view the prison world. To support this claim, I explore the different strategies of managing emotions, using a new framework based on metaphors of water. How prisoners express and suppress particular emotions provides new insights on ‘old’ discussions of power, control and agency in prison settings.


Seminars generally take place in B3 from 5.30pm, with refreshments after for attendees
Institute of Criminology, Sidgwick Ave, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

These seminars are open to all interested in attending, with no ticket required
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Thursday, 28 February, 2019 - 17:30 to 19:00
Event location: 
Seminar Room, Institute of Criminology