"Walls turned sideways are bridges": Carceral scripts and the transformation of the prison space

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This essay explores the ways prisoners use writing to re-make and reimagine their relationship to carceral space. Focusing on the writings of politically progressive prisoner writings or carceral script in the post-Civil Rights era, I contend that these prisoners used their relationship to landscapes of punishment and confinement to develop critical perspectives about space. They also created alternative sites within prison that enabled them to counter the banishing geography of incarceration and to remake its punitive spatiality. Thus, writing becomes a portal to a different place; it is a means of resisting. This study reveals how space is linked to struggles for social justice within prison.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-594
Number of pages14
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


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  • Geography, Planning and Development

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