Heuristic Paths for Educational Work in Prison Libraries


The contribution aims to present the initial results of a study that sought to investigate the potential of prison libraries, conceived as privileged space for designing educational interventions aimed at supporting inclusion pathways for incarcerated individuals. Through the collection and analysis of biographical interviews with people who have spent a portion of their lives in prison, the goal was to gather representations, experiences, and practices, to guide educational actions. Libraries are viewed as among the few spaces within prisons characterized by the capacity to host a community. Collective spaces, especially within a total institution, are crucial as they facilitate the encounter between bodies, the sharing of experiences, the strength to organize; they foster relationships, reciprocity, eroticism, and mutual protection against episodes of violence; they enable relationships and encounters between incarcerated individuals and non-incarcerated individuals, during privileged moments of resistance outside institutionalized isolation.