Disavowing 'the' prison

Armstrong, S. and Jefferson, A. (2017) Disavowing 'the' prison. In: Moran, D. and Schliehe, A. K. (eds.) Carceral Spatiality: Dialogues between Geography and Criminology. Series: Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 237-267. ISBN 9781137560575 (doi: 10.1057/978-1-137-56057-5_9)

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This chapter confronts the idea of ‘the’ prison, that is, prison as a fixed entity. However hard we, that is, prison scholars including ourselves, seek to deconstruct and critique specific aspects of confinement, there is a tendency to slip into a default position that envisions the prison as something given and pre-understood. When it comes to prison our imagination seems to clog up. It is the political solution to its own failure, and the preferred metaphor for its own representation.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Prisons, theory, critique, Global South, order.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Armstrong, Professor Sarah
Authors: Armstrong, S., and Jefferson, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Research Group:Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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