Long-Term Imprisonment in Northern Ireland: Psychological or Political Survival?

Michael Tomlinson, Bill Rolston

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The chapter reviews the literature on the affects of long-term imprisonment with a focus on concepts of psychological survival, learned helplessness and institutionalization. It then discusses trends in imprisonment in Northern Ireland and the exceptionally high proportion of prisoners serving life sentences. Through interviews with prisoners and their relatives, a critique of the literature is made in terms of the failure to take account of cases of collective prisoner organization and strong political motivation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCritique and Dissent
Subtitle of host publicationAn Anthology to Mark 40 Years of the European Group for the Study of Deviance and Social Control
EditorsJoanna Gilmore, J Moore, David Scott
Place of PublicationOttowa
PublisherRed Quill Books
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)978-1-926958-28-6
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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