Solitary Confinement In Atul Gawande 'Hellhole'

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In Atul Gawande “ HellHole” essay they talked about the experiences and effects of people who were previously in solitary confinement. Solitary confinement can be best explained as the process of removing an individual and isolating them from their environment and socialization. Atul Gawande is specifically talking about prisoners of war and incarcerated people and how their experience was and that process. The essay talked about how people are put in isolation which caused them to act out of their character. Goffman would argue that effects of solitary confinement are exactly what total institutions can do to a person's. Goffman would explain how total institutions disrupt people's routines and who they are. PRison as a total institution reduces…show more content…
Staveill started to develop destructive habits in solitary confinement. I believe Mead would also add to Goffman and the idea of total institutions while being in solitary confinement is that it disrupts the process of “I” and “me”. Mead argues that we gain our sense of self through our interaction with others. This is very important to look at because in Solitary confinement people are isolated and what we can assume based on mead's theory of how we come to know who we are is that solitary confinement is doing more harm to the individual rather than helping them because they lose their sense of self. In the essay, it is evident that this occurs. PEople who are isolated said that they experienced hallucinations, tried hurting themselves and felt a disconnect to reality. Which brings in an interesting question is that even though these guards see that solitary confinement is hurting prisoners and is not working why do they do it? I would suggest that Goffman would say that people are dehumanized when they are
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