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Solitary confinement : social death and its afterlives, Lisa Guenther

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Solitary confinement : social death and its afterlives
Title
Solitary confinement
Title remainder
social death and its afterlives
Statement of responsibility
Lisa Guenther
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
" Prolonged solitary confinement has become a widespread and standard practice in U.S. prisons--even though it consistently drives healthy prisoners insane, makes the mentally ill sicker, and, according to the testimony of prisoners, threatens to reduce life to a living death. In this profoundly important and original book, Lisa Guenther examines the death-in-life experience of solitary confinement in America from the early nineteenth century to today's supermax prisons. Documenting how solitary confinement undermines prisoners' sense of identity and their ability to understand the world, Guenther demonstrates the real effects of forcibly isolating a person for weeks, months, or years. Drawing on the testimony of prisoners and the work of philosophers and social activists from Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty to Frantz Fanon and Angela Davis, the author defines solitary confinement as a kind of social death. It argues that isolation exposes the relational structure of being by showing what happens when that structure is abused--when prisoners are deprived of the concrete relations with others on which our existence as sense-making creatures depends. Because of this, solitary confinement is beyond a form of racial or political violence; it is also an assault on being itself. A searing and unforgettable indictment, Solitary Confinement reveals what the devastation wrought by the torture of solitary confinement tells us about what it means to be human--and why humanity is so often destroyed when we separate prisoners from all other people."--
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1971-
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Guenther, Lisa
Dewey number
365/.644
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
HV9471
LC item number
.G84 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Solitary confinement
  • Solitary confinement
  • PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology
  • LAW / Criminal Law / General
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology
Label
Solitary confinement : social death and its afterlives, Lisa Guenther
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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rdacarrier.
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction: A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement -- I. The Early U.S. Penitentiary System: 1. An Experiment in Living Death; 2. Person, World, and Other: A Husserlian Critique of Solitary Confinement; 3. The Racialization of Criminality and the Criminalization of Race: From the Plantation to the Prison Farm -- II. The Modern Penitentiary: 4. From Thought Reform to Behavior Modification; 5. Living Relationality: Merleau-Ponty's Critical Phenomenological Account of Behavior; 6. Beyond Dehumanization: A Posthumanist Critique of Intensive Confinement -- III. Supermax Prisons: 7. Supermax Confinement and the Exhaustion of Space; 8. Dead Time: Heidegger, Levinas, and the Temporality of Supermax Confinement; 9. From Accountability to Responsibility: A Levinasian Critique of Supermax Rhetoric -- Conclusion
  • Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement -- I. The Early U.S. Penitentiary System -- 1. An Experiment in Living Death -- 2. Person, World, and Other: A Husserlian Critique of Solitary Confinement -- 3. The Racialization of Criminality and the Criminalization of Race: From the Plantation to the Prison Farm -- II. The Modern Penitentiary -- 4. From Thought Reform to Behavior Modification -- 5. Living Relationality: Merleau-Ponty's Critical Phenomenological Account of Behavior -- 6. Beyond Dehumanization: A Posthumanist Critique of Intensive Confinement -- III. Supermax Prisons -- 7. Supermax Confinement and the Exhaustion of Space -- 8. Dead Time: Heidegger, Levinas, and the Temporality of Supermax Confinement -- 9. From Accountability to Responsibility: A Levinasian Critique of Supermax Rhetoric -- Conclusion: Afterlives -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
841495206
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxx, 321 pages
Isbn
9780816679591
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
2013014540
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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(OCoLC)841495206
Label
Solitary confinement : social death and its afterlives, Lisa Guenther
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
  • Introduction: A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement -- I. The Early U.S. Penitentiary System: 1. An Experiment in Living Death; 2. Person, World, and Other: A Husserlian Critique of Solitary Confinement; 3. The Racialization of Criminality and the Criminalization of Race: From the Plantation to the Prison Farm -- II. The Modern Penitentiary: 4. From Thought Reform to Behavior Modification; 5. Living Relationality: Merleau-Ponty's Critical Phenomenological Account of Behavior; 6. Beyond Dehumanization: A Posthumanist Critique of Intensive Confinement -- III. Supermax Prisons: 7. Supermax Confinement and the Exhaustion of Space; 8. Dead Time: Heidegger, Levinas, and the Temporality of Supermax Confinement; 9. From Accountability to Responsibility: A Levinasian Critique of Supermax Rhetoric -- Conclusion
  • Machine generated contents note: -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction: A Critical Phenomenology of Solitary Confinement -- I. The Early U.S. Penitentiary System -- 1. An Experiment in Living Death -- 2. Person, World, and Other: A Husserlian Critique of Solitary Confinement -- 3. The Racialization of Criminality and the Criminalization of Race: From the Plantation to the Prison Farm -- II. The Modern Penitentiary -- 4. From Thought Reform to Behavior Modification -- 5. Living Relationality: Merleau-Ponty's Critical Phenomenological Account of Behavior -- 6. Beyond Dehumanization: A Posthumanist Critique of Intensive Confinement -- III. Supermax Prisons -- 7. Supermax Confinement and the Exhaustion of Space -- 8. Dead Time: Heidegger, Levinas, and the Temporality of Supermax Confinement -- 9. From Accountability to Responsibility: A Levinasian Critique of Supermax Rhetoric -- Conclusion: Afterlives -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
841495206
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xxx, 321 pages
Isbn
9780816679591
Isbn Type
(pb)
Lccn
2013014540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)841495206

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