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Salutogenesis in Prison

Woodall, James; De Viggiani, Nick; South, Jane

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James Woodall

Jane South


This chapter concludes Part VII, with a focus on salutogenesis in prisons. In this chapter, the authors present and debate how prison health rhetoric, policy and practice are influenced by a pathogenic view of prisoner “health.” The authors comment that there is a growing recognition of a salutogenic approach to prison health policy and practice, to help tackle the root causes of health, criminality and inequality. This chapter emphasises that while the health of prisoners is influenced by material and social factors beyond their control, a salutogenic approach offers an alternative way of delivering public health and health promotion in prisons. The chapter concludes noting that the application of salutogenesis in prisons is in its infancy. They call for research, policy and practice framed by a salutogenic orientation, leading to sustained and effective measures to improve the health of people in criminal justice settings, and reducing health inequalities in prisons.


Woodall, J., De Viggiani, N., & South, J. (2022). Salutogenesis in Prison. In The Handbook of Salutogenesis (553-561). (2nd). Springer.

Acceptance Date Feb 22, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Deposit Date Jun 17, 2021
Publicly Available Date Jan 26, 2022
Publisher Springer
Pages 553-561
Edition 2nd
Book Title The Handbook of Salutogenesis
Chapter Number 51
ISBN 9783030795146
Keywords prison health salutogenesis
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