Vocation, vocation: A study of prisoner education for women

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Spark, Ceridwen and Harris, Anita (2005) Vocation, vocation: A study of prisoner education for women. Journal of Sociology, 41 (2). pp. 143-161. ISSN 1440-7833


This article addresses the education of women in prison in relation to an emerging area of research and policy concern: vocational training. Using interviews with women prisoners in Victoria, it investigates why inmate women participate in education programmes, what education programmes the women would like to see implemented and what barriers exist in terms of women’s participation in education. Demonstrating the disparity between stated government aims for inmate women’s education and training and the motivations of the women themselves, the authors argue that prisoner education for women ought to be conceptualized in relation to a range of factors and not merely conceived of as a path to employment.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/8116
DOI 10.1177/1440783305053232
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1440783305053232
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > FOR Classification > 1605 Policy and Administration
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID22167. corrections policy, gender, prisoner education, prisons, females, women, vocation, vocational training, education programs, work
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