Testing chaplaincy reforms in England and Wales

Hunt, S. (2011) Testing chaplaincy reforms in England and Wales. Archives de sciences sociales des religions, 153. pp. 43-64. ISSN 0335-5985 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/17292

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The broad aims of the Her Majesty Prison chaplaincy service in England and Wales emphasise both rehabilitation and enhancement of the spiritual life of prisoners. In order to accomplish such aspirations substantial reforms have taken place in chaplaincy provisions since 2001. Most of these reforms, now enshrined in formal HMP documentation, audits and guidelines, are aimed at improving services in the context of an increasingly multi-ethnic/faith society. This paper, based upon research conducted in two prisons in England and Wales, throws light on their impact, as well as reporting more generally on the spiritual life of prisoners of faith. The paper will explore the weaknesses and impractibilty of some aspects of reform with reference to Goffman's influential work on total institutions.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:prison chaplaincy, reforms, England, Wales, Goffman
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences > Department of Health and Social Sciences
ID Code:17292
Deposited By: C. Nash
Deposited On:19 Sep 2012 16:05
Last Modified:15 Nov 2016 20:40

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