Black Women Prison Employees: The Intersectionality of Gender and Race – academic book

Morgan, Marcia cover photoBlack Women Prison Employees: The Intersectionality of Gender and Race is the first book of its kind.  The author explores how Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service as an institution, creates and perpetuates an axiomatic image of an employee – white man, and examines how black women employees navigate this complex terrain.

Theory and methodology 

The author successfully brings together intersectionality theory and organisational psychodynamics, to illustrate the importance of understanding the relationship between the psychological and the social, within this organisational space.

While this book has a prison context as its focus, the discussion points are relevant to other white male dominated organisations and the wider context, by illustrating how people relate to each other within the workplace.  Marcia Morgan’s research offers a memorable analysis of prison work through the intersection of race and gender, by showing how these social characteristics create relational dynamics amongst prison staff.


This [book] encapsulates the true inner emotions, reflecting both positive and negative experiences and the thoughts of each participant reflected in the interview process. This allowed the researcher to use the methodology of content analysis to underpin the emotions and situations of each individual with research evidence.”
Dr. Zaib Ahmad

“This is an under-researched and under theorized area and the author brings fresh and valuable theorization to a topic that cuts across many disciplines and research foci including sociology, psychology, prison research, organization theory, gender theory, intersectionality, critical race studies. The context of prison work for black women employees is innovatively approached in its aim to present sensitive and informed psychological analysis of research findings, whilst demonstrating that psychological analysis is beneficial in understanding the complexity of issues faced by Black women employees in prison work.”
Dr. Rebecca Watson,
Leeds Beckett University

This book can be purchased using the following link:

Author:                                         Morgan, Marcia

Year:                                              2018

Pages:                                            272

ISBN:                                             1-4955-0708-4978-1-4955-0708-3

Price:                                            RRP: Softcover: £64.95 / Hardcover £134.95