Writing as Resistance

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Writing as Resistance

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This anthology is a selection of articles and essays written by people who are either in prison or have been imprisoned. Each contribution was first published in editions of the "Journal of Prisoners on Prisons, from 1988 to 2002. The writers address the growth and development of the crime control industry, the social construction of prison life and the implications for society in general. Gaucher's anthology humanizes the prisoners by enabling his/her voice to be heard by members of society. The contributors speak of the need to know, understand and deconstruct the prison as a formative aspect of the decision to write and as an influence on their development as writers. What emerges from the collection is the notion that the very act of writing functions as a means of survival; it is a testament to the capacity to withstand the dislocation that prison life creates. As Gaucher suggests, writing moves from being merely an act of resistance into the arena of "cultural struggle."

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Dr. Bob Gaucher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.

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