Incarceration and generation: Mapping a conceptual, theoretical and empirical field of research

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This chapter presents the state of the art in terms of the intersections between incarceration and generations. We start by exploring the conceptual definitions of both incarceration and generation. We argue that the expansion of the penal landscape makes us consider not only the different forms of incarceration in present times but also their impacts on specific age groups. Subsequently, we show how the intersections between these two concepts are being discussed theoretically and empirically, providing a brief state-of-the-art review of the existing literature, mainly in the social, criminal and legal studies, particularly with a focus on generations. This framework provides structure and guidance to the setting of the entire volume’s rationale. Generation as a life stage is the core perspective common to all the chapters included in this volume, which discusses the experiences, dynamics, cultures, interventions and impacts of incarceration concerning different generations: childhood, youth and emerging adulthood, adulthood and older age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIncarceration and generation
Subtitle of host publicationMultiple faces of confinement
EditorsSílvia Gomes, Maria João Leote de Carvalho, Vera Duarte
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages43
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-82265-1
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-82264-4
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISSN (Print)2753-0604
ISSN (Electronic)2753-0612


  • Generation
  • Incarceration
  • Penal landscape
  • Prison
  • Life stage


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