Oral Presentation Session
Reviewed by: Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists
Primary Theme: Cities
Secondary Theme: Race
In US cities, the carceral system and its institutions—community based courts, police, probation and parole—are enmeshed with the social service landscape—welfare offices, job training programs, family courts, public housing, transitional living, and rehabilitation—creating complex configurations of public/private partnerships which themselves produce locally contingent geographies (Gilmore 2007; Garcia 2010; Cox 2015; Fennell 2015). Discerning the operations of carceral infrastructures requires thinking not only across sites of correction and punishment, but also to the sites of reentry, recovery, and urban “development” with which they interdigitate. Tensions between care and coercion and opportunity and discipline are at the fore of the panel which focuses on the spatialized politics of carceral interventions. This panel explores the overlapping public and private spheres that constitute the contemporary urban carceral-rehabilitative state, and the raced, classed, and gendered carceral geographies that emerge from such entanglements. By tracing the logics of place making and the politics of placement/displacement in the urban landscape, this panel engages with how projects of reentry, rehabilitation and policing construct and govern subjects. How does a place become a site within a carceral geography? How do “alternatives to incarceration programs” distribute carceral control, violence, and surveillance through neighborhood space? How do carceral logics of spatial containment and segregation intersect with other ways of producing spatial distinctions and distances in the city?
Cox, Aimee. 2015. Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
Fennell, Catherine. 2015. Last Project Standing: Civics & Sympathy in Post-Welfare Chicago. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Garcia, Angela. 2010. The Pastoral Clinic: Addiction and Dispossession along the Rio Grande. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. 2017. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. Oakland, CA: University of California Press.