The Violence of Incarceration

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Phil Scraton, Jude McCulloch
Taylor & Francis, Jul 29, 2008 - Social Science - 274 pages
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Conceived in the immediate aftermath of the humiliations and killings of prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq, of the suicides and hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay and of the disappearances of detainees through extraordinary rendition, this book explores the connections between these shameful events and the inhumanity and degradation of domestic prisons within the 'allied' states, including the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK and Ireland.

The central theme is that the revelations of extreme brutality perpetrated by allied soldiers represent the inevitable end-product of domestic incarceration predicated on the use of extreme violence including lethal force. Exposing as fiction the claim to the political moral high ground made by western liberal democracies is critical because such claims animate and legitimate global actions such as the 'war on terror' and the indefinite detention of tens of thousands of people by the United States which accompanies it. The myth of moral virtue works to hide, silence, minimize and deny the brutal continuing history of violence and incarceration both within western countries and undertaken on behalf of western states beyond their national borders.

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i only read the Avery Gordon, Dylan Rodriguez, and Cassandra Shaylor parts. but those are great. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Phil Scraton is Professor of Criminology in the Institute of Criminology and criminal Justice, Queen’s University, Belfast. His research and publications include deaths in custody, prison protests, state authoritarianism and criminalization and children’s rights. His most recent books are Hillsborough: The Truth (Mainstream), Beyond September 11(Pluto) and Power, Conflict and Criminalisation (Routledge)

Jude McCulloch is Associate Professor in Criminology at Monash University, Australia. Her research interrogates institutionalised state violence. She has published extensively on deaths in custody, police violence, police shootings and paramilitary policing. Her recent work focuses on state crime in the 'war on terror'. She is the author of Blue Army: Paramilitary Policing in Australia (Melbourne University Press).

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