Surviving Cell-Sharing: Resistance, Cooperation and Collaboration

Aimee Muirhead, Michelle Butler*, Gavin Davidson

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For decades, researchers have sought to understand the impact of imprisonment; yet we have a limited understanding of the lived experience of cell-sharing. To address this gap in knowledge, this paper draws on 37 semi-structured interviews with imprisoned adult men in Northern Ireland. While demonstrating that, for most, cell-sharing was a negative experience, imbued with discomfort, unease and distress, a new conceptual framework is presented that seeks to understand the tactics people use to manage cell-sharing, influences on their choice of tactics and the potential repercussions of these tactics. Potential implications for policy and practice are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalPunishment and Society
Early online date06 Dec 2021
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Dec 2021


  • Cellmates
  • Prison cells
  • Adaption
  • Overcrowding


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