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Historical Geographies of Prisons

Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past

Edited by Karen M. Morin, Dominique Moran

© 2015 – Routledge

232 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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This is the first book to provide a comprehensive historical-geographical lens to the development and evolution of correctional institutions as a specific subset of carceral geographies. This book analyzes and critiques global practices of incarceration, regimes of punishment, and their corresponding spaces of "corrections" from the eighteenth to twenty-first centuries. It examines individuals' experiences within various regulatory regimes and spaces of punishment, and offers an interpretation of spaces of incarceration as cultural-historical artifacts. The book also analyzes the spatial-distributional geographies of incarceration, particularly with respect to their historical impact on community political-economic development and local geographies. Contributions within this book examine a range of prison sites and the practices that take place within them to help us understand how regimes of punishment are experienced, and are constructed in different kinds of ways across space and time for very different ends. The overall aim of this book is to help understand the legacies of carceral geographies in the present. The resonances across space and time tell a profound story of social and spatial legacies and, as such, offer important insights into the prison crisis we see in many parts of the world today.

Reviews

"[T]his collection effectively showcases the wide range of historical methods and approaches available to carceral geographers but it also notably contributes to some key themes within the subfield: the political economy of prison expansion and policing, and the politics of dark tourism and carceral retasking. As such, the book will be of significant interest to scholars working on mass incarceration, policing, and the wider carceral ‘complex’ within which they are embedded."-Luca Follis, Lancaster University, UK, Journal of Historical Geography 55

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Historical Geographies of Prisons: Unlocking the Usable Carceral Past Karen M. Morin and Dominique Moran I: On the Inside: Carceral Techniques in Historical Context 2. Carceral Acoustemologies: Historical Geographies of Sound in a Canadian prison Katie Hemsworth 3.The Prison Inside: A Genealogy of Solitary Confinement as Counter-Resistance Brett Story 4. ‘Sores in the City’: A Genealogy of the Almighty Black P. Stone Rangers Rashad Shabazz II: Prisons as Artefacts in Historical-Cultural Transition 5.Doing Time Travel: Performing Past and Present at the Prison Museum Jennifer Turner and Kimberley Peters 6. Carceral Retasking and the Work of Historical Societies at Decommissioned Lock-ups, Jails, and Prisons in Ontario Kevin Walby and Justin Piché 7.Prisoners in Zion:  Shaker Sites as Foundations for Later Communities of Incarceration Carol Medlicott 8. Cartographies of Affect: Undoing the Prison in Collective Art by Women Prisoners Susana Draper III: Carceral Topographies: The Political-Economy of Prison Industrial Growth and Change 9. Locating Penal Transportation: Punishment, Space, and Place ca. 1750-1900 Clare Anderson, Carrie M. Crockett, Christian G. De Vito, Takashi Miyamoto, Kellie Moss, Katherine Roscoe, Minako Sakata 10. Little Siberia, Star of the North: The Political Economy of Prison Dreams in the Adirondacks Jack Norton 11. From Prisons to Hyperpolicing: Neoliberalism, Carcerality, and Regulative Geographies Brian Jordan Jefferson 12. From Private to Public: Examining the Political Economy of Wisconsin’s Private Prison Experiment Anne Bonds 13. Afterword Dominique Moran

About the Editors

Karen M. Morin is a professor of geography currently serving as Associate Provost at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, USA.

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

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Routledge Research in Historical Geography

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography