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Любовь и забота "заочно": молодые женщины в сетях поддержки заключенных

Журнал исследований социальной политики. 2015. Т. Том 13. . № № 2. С. 225-240.

Love and care “on the distance”: young women in the networks of the prisoners’ support. In the focus of this article are young women, which meet imprisoned men via Internet or telephone, develop later distant relationship and get involved in the female networks of prisoners’ support. The academic interest to this category is coursed by the unusual choice of the partner in the situation when women have a wide range of other opportunities. In the article it will be explored not only the life stories of young women but also the specific of the current prison studies in Russia which are very much underdeveloped. The focus on the “distant wives” and their communication, the waiting regimes and care practices can contribute to the current debates on production of female identity in the conditions of the total transformation of everyday life. This problematic is underestimated and “invisible” both in gender studies, and also in more narrow studies of the specific practices of intimacy in the near/semi/criminal world. The paper is based on the empirical sociological research of the women networks of the prisoners’ support.