Rock climbing in conflict; women in Russian prisons
Russian women prisoners - in the light of Pussy Riot's imprisonment, timely research on Russia's distinctive penal geography. The sociologist, Judith Pallot, talks to Laurie Taylor about a study based on extensive interviews with prisoners and officers in different regions of Russia. She finds that the vast distances between prisons and womens' homes imposes harsh penalties on women and their families. They're joined by the criminologist, Dr Sharon Shalev. Also 'Bolt Wars': Lisa Bogardus spent 16 months researching and observing the rock climbing world. She describes a battle for the cliffs in which climbers clash about the need to reduce risk and danger.
Producer: Jayne Egerton.
Paper Abstract: “The Bolt Wars: A Social Worlds Perspective on Rock Climbing and Intra Group Conflict”
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 283-308, 2012
Professor of the Human Geography of Russia at Christchurch College, Oxford
Find out more about Judith Pallot
Gender, Geography, and Punishment: The Experience of Women in Carceral Russia
Judith Pallot, Laura Piacentini, Dominique Moran
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Research Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford and Associate of the International Centre for Prison
Find out more about Dr Sharon Shalev
Supermax: Controlling risk through solitary confinement