SEXUALITY AND SPIRITUALITY IN A SOUTH AFRICAN FEMALE CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

Christina Landman

Abstract


In the first part of this study, the faces of spiritual discourses in a South African
female correctional centre are described as they are shaped by culture, race,
religious background, and the need for physical contact. The source of this part of
the study is the researcher’s own observations whilst working in the Pretoria
Female Correctional Centre on behalf of the (South African) Judicial Inspectorate
of Prisons. The second and main part of the study describes the interface between
spirituality and sexuality in this correctional centre as discourses holding the
correctees captive in frustration and misunderstanding. The sources of this part of
the study are hand-written testimonies by the correctees themselves which they
prepared willingly at the request of the researcher. In the final part of the study,
alternative religious discourses on the incarcerated female body are proposed.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/90-0-1067

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