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Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals

1st Edition

By Karen M. Morin


176 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

Prologue Chapter 1: Introduction. Carceral Space, Prisoners and Animals Chapter 2: Death Row Across Species: The Execution Chamber and the Slaughterhouse Chapter 3: The Prison As/ And Laboratory: Sites of Trans-species Bio-Testing Chapter 4: Laboring Prisoners, Laboring Animals Chapter 5: Wildspace: The Cage, The Supermax, and the Zoo Chapter 6: Afterword: Reflections on Trans-Species Rights and Ethics References Index

About the Author

Karen M. Morin is Associate Provost and Professor of Geography at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. Her interests span the history of geographical thought in North America, 19th-century travel writing, postcolonial geographies, carceral geography, and critical animal studies. She is author of Frontiers of Femininity: A New Historical Geography of the Nineteenth-Century American West (2008) and Civic Discipline: Geography in America, 18601890 (2011). She is co-editor of Women, Religion, and Space: Global Perspectives on Gender and Faith (2007) and Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past (2015).

About the Series

Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series

The last fifteen years or so have seen an extraordinary growth in new and original social science research into human-animal relations. The ‘animal turn’ as some have referred to it is driven by a strong sense that though essential partners in human worlds, animals have long been ignored by a predominantly humanist social science. Although there is a growing literature on human-animal studies, particularly within the humanities but increasingly including geography, sociology, anthropology, the crucial interdisciplinary cross-overs that have so animated animal studies research have not been easily served in the publication strategies of either major journals or book publishers.

The new Routledge Human-Animal Studies Series offers a much-needed forum for original, innovative and cutting edge research and analysis to explore human animal relations across the social sciences and humanities. Titles within the series are empirically and/or theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating and highly relevant topics, drawing across the humanities and social sciences in an avowedly interdisciplinary perspective. This series will encourage new theoretical perspectives and highlight ground-breaking research that reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of current animal studies. The series is aimed at upper-level undergraduates, researchers and research students as well as academics and policy-makers across a wide range of social science and humanities disciplines.

To submit a proposal for the series please contact Faye Leerink ([email protected]) and Henry Buller ([email protected])

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography