January Book Discussion: Diete Humblet’s The Older Prisoner

The Association of Aging, Gerontology, and the Life Course (AAGE) is hosting a discussion of Diete Humblet’s The Older Prisoner (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) on Friday, January 12, 2024, 12-1pm (Eastern, North America) via Zoom.

About the book: This book critically explores the world of older prisoners to provide a more nuanced understanding of imprisonment at old age. Through an ethnographical study of male and female older prisoners in two Belgian prison settings, one in which older prisoners are integrated and one in which they are segregated, it informs debates and seeks to recognise ageist discourse, attitudes, practices in prison. The Older Prisoner seeks to situate the older prisoner from both a penological and gerontological perspective, organised around the following broad themes: the construction of the older prisoner, the physical prison world, the social prison world, surviving prison and giving meaning. The book allows readers to navigate between contrasting perspectives and voices rather than reinforcing traditional narratives and prevailing discourses on the older prisoner. In doing so, it hopes to open up a broader dialogue on ageing and punishment. It also offers insights into the concept of meaning in life as an analytical tool to study prisoners.

The discussion will be moderated by Jason Danely at Oxford Brookes University, who has a new research project on older people who were formerly incarcerated.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Cati Coe for access to the reading and the Zoom link.

Upcoming book discussions:

February 9:      Alana Lee Glaser (St. John’s University), Solidarity and Care: Domestic Worker Activism in New York City (Temple University Press, 2023)

March 1:          Dena Shenk and Andrea Freidus (University of North Carolina, Charlotte), Voices of Long-Term Care Workers: Elder Care in the Time of Covid-19 and Beyond (Berghahn, 2024)

April 12:          Tanja Ahlin (University of Amsterdam), Calling Family: Digital Technologies and the Making of Transnational Care Collectives (Rutgers University Press, 2023)

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