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Prison in Iran : A Known Unknown, EPUB eBook

Prison in Iran : A Known Unknown EPUB

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology series


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This book offers a unique look into prisons in Iran and the lives of the prisoners and their families.

It provides an overview of the history of Iranian prisons, depicts the sub-culture in contemporary Iranian prisons, and highlights the forms that gender discrimination takes behind the prison walls.

The book draws on the voices of 90 men and women who have been imprisoned in Iran, interviewed in 2012 and 2017 across various parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It presents a different approach to the one proposed by Michel Foucault in Discipline and Punish because the author argues that  Iran never experienced "the age of sobriety in punishment" and "a slackening of the hold on the body".

Whilst penal severity in Iran has reduced, its scope has now extended beyond prisoners to their families, regardless of their age and gender.

In Iran, penalties still target the body but now also affect the bodies of the entire prisoner's family.

It is not just prisoners who suffer from the lack of food, clothes, spaces for sleeping, health services, legal services, safety, and threats of physical violence and abuse but also their families.

The book highlights the costs of mothers' incarceration for their children.

It argues that as long as punishment remains the dominant discourse of the penal system, the minds and bodies of anyone related to incarcerated offenders will remain under tremendous strain.

This unique book explores the nature of these systems in a deeply under-covered nation to expand understandings of prisons in the non-Western world. 


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