Hello and welcome to the first episode of “Mulaqat”, a series where we talk to criminologists and criminal justice scholars to dive into their most fascinating works of research.
Mulaqat, an Urdu word for “meeting”, is an official term used by many States in India to describe the facilities provided to prisoners to meet their friends, family, and lawyers. Mulaqat as a practice is marked with complex emotions, diverse narratives, and most importantly, space where the prisoners can choose not to be performative in their expression. As we can’t have a direct conversation with those subjected to penal power across the globe, AC Mulaqat becomes a space for us to discuss research that aims to visibilise carceral narratives.
For our first episode, we sit down with Dr David Maguire to discuss his book Male Failed Jailed: Masculinities and Revolving Door Imprisonment in the UK.
Dr David Maguire is the Director of the Building Futures Project at the Prison Reforms Trust, UK. He completed his PhD from the University of Oxford in Social Geography and then went to teach at Oxford Brooks University. Shortly after he was awarded a British Academy post-doctoral fellowship at University College London where he researched post-prison transitions and employment. Dr Maguire has spent over two decades working and researching on the exclusion of those marginalised across sectors such as education, housing, prisons and the wider criminal justice system.