On the Outside

From Lengthy Imprisonment to Lasting Freedom

Melissa Munn and Chris Bruckert

  • Published: 2013. Paperback 2014
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 240 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

From the passage of Bill C-10, with its punitive, tough-on-crime provisions, to sensationalist media accounts of dangerous ex-convicts, it is evident that Canada is a country that is taking an increasingly hard line on crime. In reality the vast majority of prisoners who serve out their sentences will never see the inside of a prison cell again. On the Outside explores the post-carceral lives of men who have successfully resettled into the community after serving at least a decade in Canada's penitentiaries. Exploring the transition from imprisonment to the challenges of resettlement, this book will change the way you think about prisoners and open up the debate on the perils of tough-on-crime legislation.
Melissa Munn is a professor in the Sociology and Interdisciplinary Studies Departments at Okanagan College. Chris Bruckert is a professor in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa.

"The greatest strength of On the Outside lies in its ability to bring into view the standpoints of men who have typically been demonized. By focusing on their experiences of resettlement, this book addresses a key issue in criminology as well as public debates about crime and safety. This is an important and significant work."
-Elizabeth Comack, Sociology Department, University of Manitoba
1. Telling Tales: State Talk, Con Talk, and Back Talk

2. Introducing the Men

Part 1. Inside Out
3. Being In: Negotiating Prison

4. Getting Out: Finding a Way to the Street

5. Starting Out: Halfway There

Part 2. Outside In
6. Negotiating "Freedom": Echoes and.Reverberations

7. Identity: Fractured and Fragmented Selves

8. Stigma: Negative Expectations and Amazing.Reversals

9. Home and Homelessness: Being In and Out of Place

10. Work and Finance: Navigating the New Economy

11. Interactions: Etiquette, Intimacy, and Fitting In

Final Thoughts: Understanding Life outside "the Rabbit.Hole"


Appendix: Methodological Considerations