Locating the border in Boundary Bay: Non-Point pollution, Contaminated Shellfish, and transboundary governance

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Book Chapter

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Department of Social Sciences


This chapter explores that unique border negotiation, namely prisoner employment as the cornerstone of successful rehabilitation, and examines the implications of this type of boundary interaction upon prisoner identities. It attends to the hybridity of ex-offender constructions of 'home'. The chapter illustrates the strong ties to prison and its problematic relationship with the high levels of recidivism that Britain is currently experiencing. It argues that, although ex-offenders may idealize a return to the communities where they lived prior to incarceration, the ability to re-integrate is often limited owing to the transformations individuals undergo following imprisonment. The chapter responds directly to the current call for attention to the value of perspectives from cultural geography in attending to the nuanced space of the prison, and in drawing out their significance 'to open up the political at a more personal level'. It explores offender employment programs as one mechanism that penal authorities implement in order to facilitate the successful re-integration of prisoners with outside society.

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Placing the Border in Everyday Life