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Moving on from Crime and Substance UseTransforming Identities$
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Anne Robinson and Paula Hamilton

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324676

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324676.001.0001

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Men, prison and aspirational masculinities

Men, prison and aspirational masculinities

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(p.43) Three Men, prison and aspirational masculinities
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Moving on from Crime and Substance Use
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Jennifer Sloan

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447324676.003.0004

This chapter reflects on the findings from the author’s ethnographic study in a prison for adult males. The author’s focus is on the men’s changing visions and expectations of their futures as men, which she frames as ‘aspirational masculinities’. The experience of time in prison may encourage negative and aggressive forms of masculinity on the one hand, but does allow opportunity for reflection and a reappraisal of life priorities on the other. In particular, she highlights shifts over time in the ‘audiences’ that men consider important for the performance of their masculinity, reflecting changes in values, attachments and expectations of life and identities beyond the prison wall.

Keywords:   masculinity, future aspirations, identities, prison, expectations

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