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The total institution creates deference and powerlessness in accordance with stringent systems of time, space, and the body. The sample of 48 interviews of men with incarceration histories was analyzed for this paper. The sense of who one is becomes navigated through sexual relationships as well as deeply embedded in the institutional structure that surrounds men throughout their time inside.
Study procedures were set up to support not just reflection and mutual support from the research team, but to ensure the physical safety and emotional well-being of study staff. However, as challenging as it was for him to resist developing a sexual relationship with this man, he is clear about the reasons why.
Understanding the gendered dimensions of incarceration is critical if we are to resist dominant vilifying discourses of bisexual Black men that further embed racism and sexism in our understandings of incarceration.