Hope deferred, humanity diminished? An ethnographic enquiry into the improvement of pastoral care offered to those serving an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP)

Beedon, David Kirk ORCID: 0000-0002-8511-4175 (2020). Hope deferred, humanity diminished? An ethnographic enquiry into the improvement of pastoral care offered to those serving an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP). University of Birmingham. Other

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Abstract

This thesis represents research undertaken as part of a professional doctorate programme by a prison chaplain employed in Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service. A pressing pastoral challenge at the time of fieldwork was the increased risk of self-harm and suicide amongst people in custody. This was especially true of those serving an indeterminate sentence of Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP).

The on-going deferral of the hope of release experienced by many IPP people in custody was identified as a significant factor that led to harmful levels of despair. An ethnographic enquiry was undertaken to ascertain how hope might be maintained amongst those serving this sentence. Qualitative data analysis of participant interviews identified seven meta-themes, with ‘relationality’ playing a key role in the maintenance of hope.

As an exercise in Practical Theology this research offers a model of pastoral care that is broad and inclusive. The principles and practices enumerated here, whilst rooted in traditions of Christian theology, are offered in service of secular and plural discourses that constitute modern penal practice. In the field of Practical Theology this research provides a contribution to inter-disciplinary conversation and reflexive practice undertaken beyond ecclesial confines and at the margins of civic life.

Further work by the author can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David-Beedon

Type of Work: Thesis (Other)
Award Type: Other
Supervisor(s):
Supervisor(s)EmailORCID
Pattison, StephenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Daughton, AmyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Guest, DerynUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Arts & Law
School or Department: School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion, Department of Theology and Religion
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BV Practical Theology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/10548

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