Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move

Authors: Deirdre Conlon*, University of Leeds
Topics: Political Geography, Migration
Keywords: immigration detention, confinement, state/non-state authority, mobility
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Studio 4, Marriott, 2nd Floor
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Recent scholarship on carceral spaces and circuits invites attention beyond borders and the walls of prisons and immigration detention facilities, and calls for investigations of the carceral interstices¬—sites including short term holding rooms, police precincts, reporting centers, courts, and transportation systems—where spatial control is exercised and where individuals can be confined in the name of state authority. As individuals pass along a trajectory of these interstitial spaces, they come face to face with exertions of control as well as with efforts to elaborate and instantiate legitimacy under circumstances where an array of state and non-state actors are involved in producing and performing makeshift spaces of authority. Drawing on new and ongoing research in the UK and US, and from scholarly work in critical migration studies and feminist political geography, this paper has three interconnected aims: first, to identify and map legitimacy on the move, second to consider its impact for those who experience it, and, finally, to conceptualize its meaning and implications for understanding carceral spaces in contemporary society.

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