Imprisoning, detaining, containing, outsourcing, policing, privatising, surveilling, interning
Prisons, detention camps, labour camps, private police forces, technologies
Modernity produces the subject as a scientific, categorised, contained and regulated being through technologies of surveillance. Incarcerating involves the scrutiny and punishment of bodies that are rendered as racial, ethnic or religious ‘other’. The typologies extend from detention, displacement and labour camps which utilise forms of walls, fences, checkpoints, security cameras, biometric profiling and data capture technologies, to the everyday routines of racialised stop and search on sidewalks. For Angela Davis, the incarcerating typology of the prison replaces the plantation as a site for the exploitation of labour, where racial violence and associated urbicide continue into the present. Yet incarcerating practices extend beyond the boundaries of the nation state and particular geographies. Processes of arrest, interrogation and prolonged detention through invisible extra-territorial and proxy detention sites point to a global landscape of incarceration extending from Australia’s “Blacksites” to the Middle East and North America with forms mass incarceration that are rendered banal. While incarcerating practices are marked by asymmetrical power relationships, these are countered by practices of gendered resistance and everyday spatial transgressions, suggestive of an alternative kind of political space in the making.
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