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Title: Struggling with justice : women's experiences of imprisonment in Taiwan
Author: Cheng, Ya-Wen
ISNI:       0000 0004 5358 1232
Awarding Body: University of Essex
Current Institution: University of Essex
Date of Award: 2014
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Gender shapes women's experiences including their pathways to prison, the ways in which they are managed and treated while imprisoned, and the ways in which they adjust to prison life. Western researchers have identified female prisoners as active social actors, but these women and prison practices remain an under-researched area in Taiwan. This study seeks to explore the problems of female prisoners based on the Taiwanese experience and aims to fill some of the academic knowledge gap through documenting the lives of these women. It considers various perspectives, including what types of crimes these women have committed and why, as well as the stigmatisation they face as a consequence. The research data was collected through face-to-face semi-structured interviews with thirty-nine prisoners in a Taiwanese women's prison. This qualitative approach offers a unique opportunity for the researcher to capture the ways in which these women experience their prison lives, their feelings, opinions and thoughts and contributes to the ground-breaking nature of this empirical work, as most of the previous research in women's prisons in Taiwan has been quantitative in nature.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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