Prisons, Place and COVID-19

Authors: Vanessa Massaro*, Bucknell University
Topics: Cultural Geography, Feminist Geographies, Socialist and Critical Geographies
Keywords: carceral, feminist political geography, race, Pennsylvania
Session Type: Virtual Guided Poster
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM
Room: Virtual 53
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This paper explores the way COVID-19 in prisons has the potential to disrupt the entrenchment of the carceral landscape. I explore the interplay between prisons and the communities that operate them in Pennsylvania’s coal region. This work, disrupted by COVID-19, reflects the disruptions that COVID-19 creates for the prison system’s status quo. My analysis deploys a feminist geographic lens to illuminate the everyday practices of containment that reshape the cultural landscape in such a way as to make containment self-evident. I then propose some questions for discussion about what, if anything, the pandemic may reshape about prison’s entrenchment in rural communities in the United States.

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