This book expands the field of prison research by drawing on six months of unique, ethnographic research in Santa Monica prison, the largest women's prison in Lima, Peru. Using feminist and decolonial perspectives, it explores power and the governance system and its implications on how the prison operates and the lived experiences of women prisoners and their interpersonal relationships. It reflects on the intersection of prison, imprisonment and gender from a Global South perspective and includes methodological reflections on how to research prisons in the Global South holistically. It fills a gap and engages with debates on governmentality and women's agency within the penal context.
Lucia Bracco Bruce completed her PhD in 2020 on Women and Gender studies from the Department of Sociology of the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. She has a degree in Clinical Psychology and a master's degree in Gender Studies from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP).
Chapter 1: Introduction.- Chapter 2: Coloniality of Power and Coloniality of knowledge: Prisons in Peru as Post-colonial and Patriarchal Institutions.- Chapter 3: Decolonising and De-patriarchalising Analyses of the Prison in the Global South.- Chapter 4: The Macro-political Dimension of Santa Monica: Intertwined Co-governance, Interlegality and Prisoner-delegates.- Chapter 5: Santa Monica's Meso-social Dimension: Religious Performances, and Formal and Informal-legitimised Labour.- Chapter 6: Santa Monica's Micro-intersubjective Dimension: Interpersonal Relationships and Gendered Subjectivities.- Conclusions.- Appendix.- Index.