New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities

  • Matthew Maycock
  • Kate Hunt

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Martha Morey, Ben Crewe
    Pages 17-41
  3. Hannah Baumer, Rosie Meek
    Pages 197-221
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 331-343

About this book


This edited collection utilises recent advances in theories on masculinities to explore and analyse the ways in which prisons shape performances of gender, both within prison settings and following release from prison. The authors assess here how the highly gendered world of the prison (where the population is overwhelmingly male in most countries) impacts upon the performance of masculinities. Including original pieces from England, Australia, Scotland and the USA, as well as contributions which take a broader methodological and conceptual approach to masculinity, this engaging and original collection holds international appeal and relevance. Cumulatively, the chapters illustrate the importance of considering a nuanced understanding of masculinity within prison research, and as such, will be of particular interest for scholars of penology, gender studies, and the criminal justice system.


Penology Gender studies Criminology Men Crime and society Ethnography prisoner masculinities bodywork violence Masculinity Construction Subject Positioning prison parenting Paternity Fatherhood Programs England Australia Scotland USA

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew Maycock
    • 1
  • Kate Hunt
    • 2
  1. 1.The Scottish Prison ServiceEdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK

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