Video abstract – “Carceral Space: Prisoners and Animals”

Today we’re pleased to present the latest video abstract from our November 2016 issue (Antipode volume 48, number 5–links below). In quite a hard-hitting presentation, Bucknell University Associate Provost Karen Morin introduces her brilliant research exploring resonances across human and nonhuman carceral geographies.

Her Antipode paper, “Carceral Space: Prisoners and Animals”, which is currently free to download, illustrates the close linkages across prisoner and animal carcerality and captivity by focusing on three types of sites and institutions: the prison execution chamber and the animal slaughterhouse; sites of laboratory testing of pharmaceutical and other products on incarcerated humans and captive animals; and sites and institutions of exploited prisoner and animal labor.

Karen argues that the main themes that call for a “carceral comparison” among these sites include: the emotional and psychological strain and violence enacted on bodies that is interwoven into their day-to-day operations; their geographies (locations, design and layout) and carefully regulated movements within them; relationships between carcerality and “purpose breeding” that extends across both nonhuman and human populations; the ways in which “animalization” of incarcerated bodies works to create conditions for social death and killability; and the legal and political contexts that produce certain lives as disposable “bare lives”.

As we said, it’s a hard-hitting piece–you have been warned!


Antipode 48(5)

Migration, the Urban Periphery, and the Politics of Migrant Lives

Francis Collins

Working for Inclusion? Conditional Cash Transfers, Rural Women, and the Reproduction of Inequality

Tara Patricia Cookson

Subjectification in Times of Indebtedness and Neoliberal/Austerity Urbanism

Cesare Di Feliciantonio

Absent Regions: Spaces of Financialisation in the Arab World

Adam Hanieh

Of Gardens, Hopes and Spirits: Unravelling (Extra)Ordinary Community Economic Arrangements as Sites of Transformation in Cape Town, South Africa

Emma Noëlle Hosking and Marcela Palomino-Schalscha

Broken Windows Policing and Constructions of Space and Crime: Flatbush, Brooklyn

Brian Jordan Jefferson

Lessons from Praxis: Autonomy and Spatiality in Contemporary Latin American Social Movements

Marcelo Lopes de Souza

Carceral Space: Prisoners and Animals

Karen Morin

Feminist Forays in the City: Imbalance and Intervention in Urban Research Methods

Brenda Parker

These Bars Can’t Hold Us Back: Plowing Incarcerated Geographies with Restorative Food Justice

Joshua Sbicca

On Narco-coyotaje: Illicit Regimes and Their Impacts on the US-Mexico Border

Jeremy Slack and Howard Campbell

The Agnotology of Eviction in South Lebanon’s Palestinian Gatherings: How Institutional Ambiguity and Deliberate Ignorance Shape Sensitive Spaces

Nora Stel

Strategizing for Autonomy: Whither Durability and Progressiveness?

Shaun Teo

Contesting the Divided City: Arts of Resistance in Skopje

Ophélie Véron