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Abject (M)Othering: A Narratological Study of the Prison as an Abject and Uncanny Institution
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2667-353X
2019 (English)In: Critical Criminology, ISSN 1205-8629, E-ISSN 1572-9877, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 261-274Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study investigates how prison comes across as a culturally constructed imaginary. Drawing on narratological methodologies, the study discusses prison as simultaneously real and imagined in society’s ongoing communication with and about itself. Through an investigation of how prison is presented in autobiographical prison literature, the study shows how culturally held fears of imprisonment surface in terms of abjection and uncanniness. Previous prison studies have discussed this in terms of civil death and subsequent resurrection. Unlike previous studies, the present study employs the monstrous-feminine motif as a critical device in order to redefine the understanding of prison as abject and uncanny in patriarchal societies. An implementation of the monstrous-feminine motif enables a reading of the prison’s particular form of punishment as one that entails incorporation and assimilation; rather than operating on a patriarchal principle of exclusion.

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2019. Vol. 27, no 2, p. 261-274
Keywords [en]
gothic criminology, feminist criminology, prison studies, narratology
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified Sociology
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Criminology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-160483DOI: 10.1007/s10612-018-9412-0ISI: 000469017600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-160483DiVA, id: diva2:1250942
Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2019-06-24Bibliographically approved

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