Time, the Pains of Imprisonment, and ‘Coping’ – The Perspectives of Prisoners’ Partners

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This chapter explores how a sample of women experienced, and was transformed by, a husband’s or boyfriend’s long-term imprisonment. It draws on theoretical tools provided by research on long-term imprisonment specifically, including emerging work on how long-term prisoners experience the pains of imprisonment over a long sentence. A previous chapter has suggested that some pains of imprisonment may be ‘acute’ for families outside — that is, these pains could persist throughout the sentence. This chapter explores how these acute pains are experienced over a long sentence by partners. As it has already been shown that sociological work on imprisonment provides excellent theoretical tools for examining the experiences of families, research on long-term imprisonment specifically was chosen as it, too, can help one to understand the experiences of partners outside.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrisons, Punishment and the Family
Subtitle of host publicationTowards a New Sociology of Punishment?
EditorsRachel Condry, Peter Scharff Smith
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • long-term prisoners’ partners, long-term imprisonment, long sentences, acute pains