This research on prison visits is based on a participant observation and interviews with prisoners and prisoners’ relatives. Prison visits are considered as an encounter between inside and outside. Visiting rooms are analyzed as a specific space within custody, and through the rhythms they generate for both inmates and visitors. The inside/outside border appears ambivalent when sociability (through the walls and behind bars) and social rhythms are investigated. Prisoners and their relatives experience various forms of freedom and custody during visits.
Special Report : Space and the social orderBy Gwenola Ricordeau