An Extended Social Relational Approach to Learning Disability Incarcerated

  • Caitlin GormleyEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Space, disability and society are interconnected within carceral settings in unique ways; it reveals the fluid boundaries of punishment as well as the pervasiveness and impact of a society designed by and for non-disabled people. This chapter foregrounds the accounts of people with learning disabilities as they situate incarceration within the context of their wider life experiences as disabled people, highlighting the ways in which they sociospatially position themselves within the prison population as a marginalised group. Here, the stories shared by 25 people with learning disabilities incarcerated in Scottish prisons expose disablement as a spatial issue, revealing this marginalised, yet heterogeneous, group as systematically disadvantaged and disenfranchised with new strata and experiences of disablism created by imprisonment.


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