Entangled Identities Inside and Outside: Exploring Cape Town Street Youth’s Interconnected Lives on the Street and in Prison

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Abstract

Carceral geographies have recently been concerned with moving beyond spaces of confinement. However, much of this work has tended to focus on understanding expressions of identity inside while neglecting the implications of the prison experience for identities on the outside. This chapter draws on in-depth narratives with Cape Town street youth, aged between 15 and 28, to explore how their lives are interwoven between the spaces of street and prison and exploring what this means for understanding their identities. The chapter concludes by showing that ‘street’ and ‘prison’ are intricately entangled, influencing identity practices and lived realities on the street.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCarceral Spatiality
Subtitle of host publicationDialogues between Geography and Criminology
EditorsDominique Moran, Anna K. Schliehe
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherSpringer
Pages13-42
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781137560575
ISBN (Print)9781137560568
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Students in Prisons and Penology
PublisherSpringer

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van Blerk, L. (2017). Entangled Identities Inside and Outside: Exploring Cape Town Street Youth’s Interconnected Lives on the Street and in Prison. In D. Moran, & A. K. Schliehe (Eds.), Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology (pp. 13-42). (Palgrave Students in Prisons and Penology). Springer . https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_2