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Not behind bars

Rodriguez, S.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3944-5600 and Clark, Brittany (2021) Not behind bars. In: Coyle, Michael J and Nagel, Mechthild, (eds.) Contesting Carceral Logic: Towards Abolitionist Futures. Routledge Studies in Penal Abolition and Transformative Justice. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 50 - 64. ISBN 9780367752798

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781003161813-8


Not Behind Bars situates “corrections” as a form of violence work. In doing so, we question the carceral habitus of those employed as “corrections officer”, particularly through a look at guards of prisons and jails. Through an exploration of the ritualized violence that guards perform and witness, we argue that the carceral habitus of guards form a corrective code. Unlike others who carry this habitus, the corrective code travels home each day, not at the end of one sentence. Ultimately, this paper argues that abolitionists are better served by analyzing the harms caused and experienced by employment as corrections officer than by discounting the group. A rippling effect of carcerality may be found in the regular travel of corrective violence into the relationships, homes and communities of prison guards. As a demographic disproportionately experiencing structural and domestic abuse, the families of these violence workers may form natural allies in the movement to combat carcerality.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 07:18
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:56

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