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Degrees of FreedomPrison Education at The Open University$
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Rod Earle and James Mehigan

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447353065

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447353065.001.0001

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The light to fight the shadows: on education as liberation

The light to fight the shadows: on education as liberation

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(p.97) 6 The light to fight the shadows: on education as liberation
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Degrees of Freedom
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Kris MacPherson

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447353065.003.0010

Kris McPherson writes of his experience of imprisonment in Scotland, his life in crime and his struggle to leave both behind him. Assembling powerful arguments from his prison life and his studies with The Open University, McPherson provides compelling insights into what criminologists have started to call ‘desistance’. McPherson’s unique synthesis of scholarship and penal experience is an outstanding example of “making good with criminology”. It offers personal tribute and testimony to the influence of Scottish criminologist Fergus McNeill and his colleagues.

Keywords:   Desistance, Education, Liberation, Prison, Scottish Prison Service, Criminology

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