Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals

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Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals

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Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals explores resonances across human and nonhuman carceral geographies. The work proposes an analysis of the carceral from a broader vantage point than has yet been done, developing a ‘trans-species carceral geography’ that includes spaces of nonhuman captivity, confinement, and enclosure alongside that of the human. The linkages across prisoner and animal carcerality that are placed into conversation draw from a number of institutional domains, based on their form, operation, and effect. These include: the prison death row/ execution chamber and the animal slaughterhouse; sites of laboratory testing of pharmaceutical and other products on incarcerated humans and captive animals; sites of exploited prisoner and animal labor; and the prison solitary confinement cell and the zoo cage. The relationships to which I draw attention across these sites are at once structural, operational, technological, legal, and experiential / embodied. The forms of violence that span species boundaries at these sites are all a part of ordinary, everyday, industrialized violence in the United States and elsewhere, and thus this ‘carceral comparison’ amongst them is appropriate and timely.

ISBN

978-1-138-63987-4

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Routledge

City

London

Keywords

prison, prison culture, captivity, captivity, animal welfare

Disciplines

Criminology | Geography | Human Geography

Department

Geography

Comments

"Carceral Spaces and Animals develops a framework for exploring embodied, geographical, legal, and ethical resonances across human and nonhuman carceral spaces. This book examines the close linkages that can be found across prisoner and animal carcerality and captivity, focusing on their corresponding and parallel disciplinary regimes and structures of violence. Case studies juxtapose four main types of institutions: death row and slaughterhouse; laboratory testing on incarcerated humans and animals, solitary confinement, and sites of exploited labor. The shared structural conditions and inequalities that span species boundaries at these sites are explored theoretically and conceptually, looking at emotional and psychological strain, the geographies of these carceral spaces, legal mechanisms (or the lack of) and the ethical questions that arise when we consider the potential for these sites to become locations of genocide and/or extinction of particular populations"-- Provided by publisher.

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