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Judith Gardom

Judith Gardom

PhD Student

'The role of reading in the experience of incarceration for men in a Category B prison: an exploratory study.'


Biography:

Reading in prison is a subject with a long and complex history, but minimal contemporary research exists on prisoners' experiences of reading. England and Wales' prison population has a low average level of literacy, but there are indications that many prisoners spend more time reading than they would were they not in prison. Access to books in prison is widely seen as essential, but reading for pleasure is notably absent from the most recent review of Prisoner Education.

This research will combine qualitative and quantitative methods at a single site in order to present a detailed account of the reading experiences of men serving long sentences, and the relevance of these experiences for prisoner education, literacy and well-being. 

Judith holds a First Class BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Oxford, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge, and a Masters in Education (with Distinction) from the University of Cambridge. She has many years' experience in education and educational research in the UK, Zimbabwe and Turkey, in Philosophy, Religion and English Literature. Her Masters dissertation, Recognition in the life narratives of ex-offenders and former addicts in Higher Education, an ethnographic study at an educational project in South London, using life-narrative interviews, was supervised by Dr Philip Gardner. 

 

Research

PhD student at the University Of Cambridge Institute Of Criminology from 2015

Supervised by Professor Loraine Gelsthorpe and Professor Alison Liebling

Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

University of Cambridge Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) Student

Working thesis title:  The role of reading in the experience of incarceration for men in a Category B prison: an exploratory study.

 

Research Interests

Reading in Prison, Books in Prison, Reader-Response Theory, Recognition Theory, Prisoner Education, Literacy as Capability, Virtue Ethics, Prison Ethnography, Narrative Research.