The transgender pains of imprisonment

Matthew Maycock (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Sykes (1958) famously outlined five deprivations constituting the ‘pains of imprisonment’, later developed in a range of research, including research considering the gendered pains of imprisonment. Despite an increase in the visibility of transgender people in society and within prison settings, the specific pains of imprisonment experienced by transgender people have been largely overlooked. Within this context, this article analyses interviews with 13 transgender people in custody, facilitating an analysis of life within prison for transgender people. The article makes a unique contribution to the study of transgender people in custody within the devolved Scottish penal context, being the first to use the analytical lens of the ‘pains of imprisonment’ to consider the particular deprivations or frustrations that transgender people experience within prison settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1521 - 1541
    Number of pages21
    JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
    Issue number6
    Early online date30 Dec 2020
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


    • Transgender people
    • prison
    • Scotland
    • gender in prison
    • Sykes’ pains of imprisonment

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Law


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