This article focuses on the ways imprisoned men experience ‘nature’ - one of several broad terms used which allowed participants to freely associate interview questions with their own experiences. The concepts of biophilia (innate love of nature) and biophobia (innate dislike, discomfort or disregard of nature) are used to frame imprisoned interactions with and responses to nature. This approach acknowledges that relationships with nature are complex, layered and influenced by the built environment, prison regime, and individual differences. Imprisoned men, herein, had complicated relationships with nature. They were often denied access to desirable nature, whilst undesirable aspects - pests, uncomfortable temperatures, and sensory intrusions - were amplified by physical imprisonment and the design of carceral structures. Exposure to positive and negative aspects of nature may impact rehabilitation, desistance and re-entry into the community. It is, therefore, an important consideration in the exploration of both prison design and the harms of imprisonment.
|Title of host publication||Papers from the British Criminology Conference|
|Publisher|| British Society of Criminology|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 31 Jan 2022|
|Name||Papers from the British Criminology Conference|
|Publisher||British Society of Criminology|