The goal of this thesis is to examine the impact of mass incarceration on our nation’s children and families. The specific focus is on programs created by penal institutions to help women educate their children. While there is a great deal of research on the general topic of incarcerated women, there are relatively few studies on the education classes provided to them. This study examines the challenges of parenting from prison and the potential of prison programs to ameliorate some of those problems. I consider the theoretical perspectives of symbolic interactionalism, social reproduction theories, and socialization. Methods include content analysis of parenting programs and visitation programs as well as interviews with adults whose parents were incarcerated during their younger years.
Sociology and Anthropology
Tilton, Akwia S., "“Inner Lives: Looking at how Incarcerated Parents Educate and Raise their Children from Behind Bars.”" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 9165.
Criminology | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Sociology
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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