‘It’s a horrible, horrible feeling’: ghosting and the layered geographies of absent–presence in the prison visiting room

Moran, Dominique and Disney, Tom (2017) ‘It’s a horrible, horrible feeling’: ghosting and the layered geographies of absent–presence in the prison visiting room. Social & Cultural Geography. ISSN 1464-9365

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14649365.2017.1373303

Abstract

This paper advances geographies of absence by considering the multiscalar, overlapping, ambiguous and reciprocal absences inherent in incarceration, and the compound nature of the experiential and embodied absences characteristic of prison visiting. It progresses extant literatures by considering as absent a group which differs from those previously thus conceptualised, and by postulating absence even when whereabouts are known and co-presence is possible. Drawing on a major RCUK-funded study of the socio-spatial context of prison visitation in the U.K., it brings carceral geographies and geographies of absence into productive dialogue, demonstrating that attention to the felt presence of absence in the context of prison visiting is highly revealing of the poignant and bittersweet nature of family contact during incarceration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Carceral geography, prison visiting, absence, carceral space
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tom Disney
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 15:17
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 13:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/35389

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