The ties that bind : stories of women in prison who are mothers to older adult children

Lockwood, KA ORCID: 2020, 'The ties that bind : stories of women in prison who are mothers to older adult children' , in: Mothering from the inside : research on motherhood and imprisonment , Emerald Publishing, UK. (In Press)

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Imprisonment has the potential to significantly impact mothering (Lockwood, 2017). For some women, imprisonment may present the opportunity to repair and rebuild fractured relationships with their children; however, for many, being separated from their children is constructed as the most difficult aspect of imprisonment (Crewe, Hulley & Wright, 2017), with the potential to severely alter, disrupt or even terminate mothering (Lockwood, 2017; 2018). Available research highlights the importance of mothering in relation to women’s adjustment to and experiences of imprisonment and upon their rehabilitation, resettlement and potential reunification (Baldwin, 2017; Lockwood, 2017, 2018; Shami and Kochal, 2008). However, consistent with prison policy and practice, available research tends to rely on narrow definitions that often construct motherhood in relation to younger children, under the age of 18 (Caddle and Crisp, 1997). Consequently, the stories, experiences and needs of mothers in prison with older adult children often remain unheard. Focusing on the individual stories of mothers in prison and those who have recently been released from prison, within this chapter, I consider the way in which women story motherhood in relation to older adult children. Presenting three interrelated narratives; “Mothering from a distance: stories of missing out on children’s transitions to adulthood”; “‘Motherwork’: stories of participating in mothering adult children”; and “‘Role reversal’: stories of receiving support from adult children’, I consider the specific challenges and opportunities for mothers in prison with older adult children.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Lockwood, KA
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Publisher: Emerald Publishing
ISBN: 9781789733440
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Welsh Government, University of Huddersfield, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Depositing User: KA Lockwood
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2019 08:42
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 13:55

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