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Prison in Iran A Known Unknown

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 11/2020
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


This book offers a unique look into prisons in Iran and the lives of the prisoners and their families. It provides an overview of the history of Iranian prisons, depicts the sub-culture in contemporary Iranian prisons, and highlights the forms that gender discrimination takes behind the prison walls. The book draws on the voices of 90 men and women who have been imprisoned in Iran, interviewed in 2012 and 2017 across various parts of the Islamic Republic of Iran. It presents a different approach to the one proposed by Michel Foucault in Discipline and Punish because the author argues that  Iran never experienced “the age of sobriety in punishment” and “a slackening of the hold on the body”. Whilst penal severity in Iran has reduced, its scope has now extended beyond prisoners to their families, regardless of their age and gender. In Iran, penalties still target the body but now also affect the bodies of the entire prisoner’s family. It is not just prisoners who suffer from the lack of food, clothes, spaces for sleeping, health services, legal services, safety, and threats of physical violence and abuse but also their families. The book highlights the costs of mothers’ incarceration for their children. It argues that as long as punishment remains the dominant discourse of the penal system, the minds and bodies of anyone related to incarcerated offenders will remain under tremendous strain. This unique book explores the nature of these systems in a deeply under-covered nation to expand understandings of prisons in the non-Western world. 


Chapter 1 5
Introduction 6
The so called “prison” 6

Chapter 2 24
History of Prison 24
The First Spark of Juridical Reform in Iran 24
Prisons In The Qajar Reign 27
The Constitutional Revolution 29
A Root-and-Branch Revamping of the Whole Judicial System 33
Interregnum (1941-1953) 38
Prison Life from 1971 to 1977 42
The 1979 Revolution and its impact on prison conditions 49

Chapter 3 61
Prison Subculture 61
Unstable pyramid 63
Captives as a society 88
Battle zone 91
Hegemony of drug-related networks 96
Multidimensional identity 103
Instrumental relationships 111
Two sides of the same coin 121

Chapter 4 131
Incarcerated women and children 131
Women’s Pathway to Prison 131
Incarcerated Mothers 136
The Most Visible Victims 141
Being Prisoned Outside of Prison 150

Chapter 5 165
Conclusion 165
Never accomplished modernization



Nahid Rahimipour Anaraki is Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. She holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Kerman, Iran and a PhD in sociology from Memorial University, and she has co-authored several articles published in Quality & Quantity journal.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 406 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:4 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 178
Pagine Romane: xi

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