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Cornell University    
 
    
 
  Jan 18, 2018
 
Courses of Study 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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ANTHR 4071 - Through the Prison Threshold

(crosslisted) GOVT 4867 , SOC 4860  
     
Fall. 4 credits.

C. Garces.

This seminar will explore the rise of mass incarceration and punitive containment strategies around the globe. Considering prison a threshold that resists outsiders’ efforts to comprehend inmate experience, we will read from works of prison ethnography, history, film and memoirs that approach different cultures of confinement and consider how the prison has become a problematic zone of state experimentation. Emphasis will be given to works that shed light on the professional and religious vocations that straddle prison worlds and the world beyond the prison walls, helping to generate new ethical relationships as well as political associations for social justice with captive state populations.



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