1st Edition

Carceral Geography Spaces and Practices of Incarceration

By Dominique Moran Copyright 2015
    200 Pages
    by Routledge

    194 Pages
    by Routledge

    The ’punitive turn’ has brought about new ways of thinking about geography and the state, and has highlighted spaces of incarceration as a new terrain for exploration by geographers. Carceral geography offers a geographical perspective on incarceration, and this volume accordingly tracks the ideas, practices and engagements that have shaped the development of this new and vibrant subdiscipline, and scopes out future research directions. By conveying a sense of the debates, directions, and threads within the field of carceral geography, it traces the inner workings of this dynamic field, its synergies with criminology and prison sociology, and its likely future trajectories. Synthesizing existing work in carceral geography, and exploring the future directions it might take, the book develops a notion of the ’carceral’ as spatial, emplaced, mobile, embodied and affective.

    Contents: Introduction; Origins and dialogues. Part I Carceral Space: Carceral space; The emotional and embodied geographies of prison life; Carceral TimeSpace. Part II Geographies of Carceral Systems: Geographies of carceral systems; Prison transport and disciplined mobility; Inside/outside and the contested prison boundary. Part III The Carceral and a Punitive State: The carceral and a punitive state; Prison buildings and the design of carceral space; Carceral cultural landscapes, post-prisons and the spectacle of punishment; Afterword; Bibliography; Index.


    Dominique Moran is Reader in Carceral Geography at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK.

    ’While acknowledging its debt to the small number of scholars interested in spaces and practices of confinement over recent decades, Carceral Geography: Spaces and Practices of Incarceration is written by the foremost expert currently working in the field. As a pioneer of carceral geography, Dominique Moran has provided a must-read introduction to the field. Erudite, thought-provoking and tremendously readable, this book will enrich studies of the prison within and beyond geography.’ Yvonne Jewkes, University of Leicester, UK ’Carceral spaces are proliferating and Dominique Moran provides an indispensable toolkit to apprehend this development. Drawing on state of the art geographical concepts and contemporary debates she expertly defines and establishes the sub-discipline of carceral geography in this book. She also sets out the agenda for the coming years by raising indispensable questions about discipline, mobility and spectacle.’ Nick Gill, University of Exeter, UK ’If Dominique Moran did not perhaps singlehandedly invent the field of carceral geography, she has with this book undoubtedly produced the authoritative guide to it. Always one step ahead, Moran offers here a breathtakingly expansive, ecumenical study of prisons, punishment, space, and architecture - an indispensable manual on geographies of incarceration including a peek into the post-prison. Terrific book for our troubled times.’ Karen M. Morin, Bucknell University, USA 'For law and courts readers interested in migration and imprisonment from a human geography angle, this wide-ranging book has many interesting case study "nuggets" and a wealth of theoretically interesting angles to offer ...' Law & Politics Book Review