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Waiting at the Prison Gate : Women, Identity and the Russian Penal System, Hardback Book

Waiting at the Prison Gate : Women, Identity and the Russian Penal System Hardback


The Russian Federation has one of the largest prison populations in the world.

Women in particular are profoundly affected by the imprisonment of a family member.

Families and Punishment in Russia details the experiences of these women-be they wives, mothers, girlfriends, daughters-who, as relatives of Russia's three-quarters of a million prisoners, are the "invisible victims" of the country's harsh penal policy.

A pioneering work that offers a unique lens through which various aspects of life in twenty-first century Russia can be observed: the workings of criminal sub-cultures; societal attitudes to parenthood, marriage and marital fidelity; young women's quests for a husband; nostalgia for the Soviet period; state strategies towards dealing with political opponents; and the social construction of gender roles.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 272 pages, 22 bw integrated
  • Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd.
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Penology & punishment
  • ISBN: 9781784536602



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