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Just Mothers: criminal justice, care ethics and “disabled” offenders

Rogers, Chrissie (2019) Just Mothers: criminal justice, care ethics and “disabled” offenders. Disability & Society, 35 (6). pp. 926-948. ISSN 0968-7599. (doi:10.1080/09687599.2019.1655711) (KAR id:79725)

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Research with prisoners’ families is limited in the context of learning difficulties/disabilities (LD) and autism spectrum. Life-story interviews with mothers reveal an extended period of emotional and practical care labour, as the continuous engagement with their son’s education and experiences of physical and emotional abuse are explored. Prior to their son’s incarceration, mothers spoke of stigma and barriers to support throughout their childrearing, as well as limited or absent preventative/positive care practices. Subsequently prisons and locked wards seem to feature as a progression. Mothers have experienced abuse; physical and/or emotional, as well as lives that convey accounts of failure. Not their failure, but that of the systems. A care ethics model of disability assists an analysis of the narratives where care-less spaces are identified. Interrelated experiences merging emotional responses to extended mothering, the external forces of disabilism and destructive systems, lead to proposing a rehumanising of care practices within for example, education and the criminal justice system.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09687599.2019.1655711
Projects: Care-less Spaces: Prisoners with learning difficulties and their families
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism, Care Ethics, Learning Difficulties/Disabilities, Prisoners families, Mental Health, Extended Mothering, Adult to Parent Violence, School-to-Prison Pipeline
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Funders: Leverhulme Trust (
Depositing User: Christine Rogers
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2020 15:33 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 15:29 UTC
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