Victoria Heuschele, M.A.


Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft |Abteilung Sozialpädagogik |
GRK Doing Transitions

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72070 Tübingen

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research project

In general, female inmates constitute a small population compared to their male counterparts. Although they are a minority, it is important to specifically assess their situation, their needs and how they are managing their daily life. This research project focuses on the release of female inmates and their transition from ‘the inside’ to ‘the outside’. In particular, we want to investigate the transition from imprisonment into society as an inner-psychological process and by means of the inmates’ own narratives. Since this process is mainly understood as a simple issue of placement, which is organized by the “Übergangsmanagement” – a setting involving various rehabilitation projects, networks and a multitude of different players. The aim of this project is to decipher how subjects deal with the uncertain situation and complexity of release, as well as perspectives and consequences for their prospective lives. Against this background, the PhD project approaches this topic by utilizing the theoretical framework of subject-oriented transition research (Subjektorientierte Übergangsforschung), intersectionality and gender studies. Data will be collected via focused interviews, which are planned to be scheduled twice, shortly before and a few weeks after their release. The Inmates’ perspectives on their transitions will be analyzed following the paradigm of interpretative social research.