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'Doing the wait': an exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners' families

Citation
Foster R (2019) 'Doing the wait': an exploration into the waiting experiences of prisoners' families. Time and Society, 28 (2), pp. 459-477. https://doi.org/10.1177/0961463X16633235

Abstract
Waiting is a universal experience and a ‘taken for granted’ form of time. However, it is given a social specificity when embodied by particular agents in particular settings. This paper reflects on the universal experience of waiting in the very particular setting of the prison, specifically a prison visitors’ centre; this is the space where families wait prior to visiting their incarcerated relatives. I draw on the literature of waiting and prisoners’ families, as well as my own empirical work and ethnographic observations of waiting families. In this work, I explore issues of power and agency, and explore the social relations which are orchestrated within and beyond this organisation of space and time. This paper aims to bring together two distinct areas of literature: one which explores how prisoners ‘do time’, and the other which explores the impact of imprisonment on the families outside. In marrying the two, this paper explores the temporal impact of the imprisonment on the family members of those incarcerated.

Keywords
waiting; prisoners' families; social relations; power; agency; doing time;

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming/Available Online

Journal
Time and Society: Volume 28, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Author(s)Foster, Rebecca
FundersUniversity of Glasgow
Publication date01/05/2019
Publication date online21/02/2016
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30392
PublisherTime & Society
ISSN0961-463X
eISSN1461-7463
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