"Doing Time" in Carceral Space: TimeSpace and Carceral Geography

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By bringing debates over experiential time within human geography and criminology/prison sociology into dialogue with one another, this article draws attention to the imperative of considering time in the geographical study of incarceration. Informed by an understanding of space and time which sees them as analytically inseparable from each other, TimeSpace, it revisits existing empirical material previously generated through qualitative research within criminology and prison sociology, and identifies some potential synergies with human geography; in highlighting overlapping temporalities in a carceral context, and in demonstrating both the significance of perceived control over time, and the experience of the lifecourse, when past, present and future are viewed through “each successive now” in a context where (clock) time “moves on” but space is fixed.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-316
JournalGeografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • TimeSpace; temporality; prison; carceral geography