Title

Doing a Bid: The Construction of Time as Punishment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-2016

Abstract

Juxtaposing the sociology of time with the sociological study of punishment, we interviewed 34 former inmates to explore their memories of how they constructed time while “doing a bid.” Prison sentences convey macro-political and social messages, but time is experienced by individuals. Our qualitative data explore important theoretical connections between the sociology of time as a lived experience and the temporality of prison where time is punishment. The interview data explores the social construction of time, and our findings demonstrate participants’ use of the language of time in three distinct ways: (a) routine time, (b) marked time, and (c) lost time.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0032885516671872

Publication Information

The Prison Journal

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