Carceral circuitry: New directions in carceral geography

Nick Gill, Deirdre Conlon, Dominique Moran, Andrew Burridge

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Despite the popular impression of prisons and other carceral spaces as disconnected from broader social systems, they are traversed by various circulations that reach within and beyond their boundaries. This paper opens a new analytical window onto this reality, developing the concept of ‘circuits’ to critically enquire into the carceral. Drawing inspiration from Harvey’s (1982; 1985) work, the paper makes circuits do fresh work, teasing apart the emerging carceral landscape to provide a new critical epistemology for carceral geographies. In so doing, a meta-institutional agenda for critical carceral geography is derived, and possible ways to short-circuit carceral systems are revealed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Early online date3 Nov 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Nov 2016


  • Carceral geography
  • circuit
  • circulation
  • counter-mapping
  • prison
  • institution


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