Sociology and Anthropology Vol. 6(2), pp. 213 - 220
DOI: 10.13189/sa.2018.060203
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Higher Education in Prison Contexts: The Prison Situation as Limit Experience

Mónica Díaz Pontones 1,*, Miguel Monroy Farías 2
1 Higher Education Program for Social Readaptation Centers (PESCER), Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), Mexico
2 School of Higher Studies Iztacala, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico


The prison experience is not exclusive to those, for whom the State has removed their freedom. According to Heidegger, humans can live in a prison for our entire existence. The family of origin, the one you build, school, among others, may be true prisons from which it is incredibly difficult to separate. However, the actual experience of being enclosed by walls has peculiar qualities; therefore, the central concern of this research work is on the limit situation occurred within prison and the return home from it. One can say that certain events that occur inside the prison come to be, for some inmates, a limit situation. However, one must ask: What kinds of events are we talking about? What is it that occurs and how do these events reveal a threshold, a limit? How is this type of situation made to happen through speech? And how do you return home after a limit situation? Moreover, we assume that the return home is not merely a biographical accident, we do not only speak of the customs and 'prison practices' learned during confinement or of the punishment, penalties or multiple activities, tasks and encounters the newly freed have to undertake on their return. Above all, it tells us about the suffering that comes from failing to reach what is desired; of those appropriator events that occurred during imprisonment, those certain processes of subjectivation that have to do with the relationship that is established with oneself and with others, with the different and complex ways of relating and becoming a subject of one's own existence; it tells us of the 'vision of oneself' and notices how the 'narrative identity' is formed through the 'given speech'.

Limit Situation, Return Home, Prison Experience, Anguish, Death, Being and Higher Education in Correctional Settings

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Mónica Díaz Pontones , Miguel Monroy Farías . "Higher Education in Prison Contexts: The Prison Situation as Limit Experience." Sociology and Anthropology 6.2 (2018) 213 - 220. doi: 10.13189/sa.2018.060203.