Prisoners’ Families’ Research: Developments, Debates and Directions

  • Caroline LanskeyEmail author
  • Lucy Markson
  • Karen Souza
  • Friedrich Lösel
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


After many years of relative obscurity, research on prisoners’ families has gained significant momentum. It has expanded from case-oriented descriptive analyses of family experiences to longitudinal studies of child and family development and macro-analyses of the effects on communities in societies of mass incarceration. Now, the field engages multidisciplinary and international interest although it arguably still remains on the periphery of mainstream criminological, psychological and sociological research agendas. This chapter discusses developments in prisoners’ families’ research and its positioning in academia and practice. It reflects on what is seen and what is missed by current analytical frameworks and methodologies and asks what else needs to be brought into the research vision.


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  • Friedrich Lösel
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