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Values in criminology and community justice$
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Malcolm Cowburn, Marian Duggan, Anne Robinson, and Paul Senior

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300359

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.001.0001

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Race, religion and human rights: valuable lessons from prison

Race, religion and human rights: valuable lessons from prison

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(p.207) Twelve Race, religion and human rights: valuable lessons from prison
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Values in criminology and community justice
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Muzammil Quraishi

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300359.003.0012

This chapter provides a critical evaluation of the significance of a rising British Muslim prisoner population to debates on multi-faith provision, interpreting religious civil liberties and experiences of discrimination. The chapter also positions contemporary research against Howard Becker’s established conception of subordinates and superordinates in the hierarchy of credibility within prison contexts. The chapter engages with these debates by, inter alia, providing an overview of the mechanisms and limitations for legal redress by prisoners as well as by illustrating how intersections between race and faith identities are accommodated in prisons. A critical review of the research on Muslim prisoners in the UK demonstrates a sharp contrast between conclusions reached by academics and those arrived at by the state and media.

Keywords:   Race, Religion, Human rights, Prison, Muslims

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