The orphanage as an institution of coercive mobility

Disney, Tom (2017) The orphanage as an institution of coercive mobility. Environment and Planning A, 49 (8). pp. 1905-1921. ISSN 0308-518X

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This article reconsiders children’s mobilities through the relationship between care and control in the context of Russia’s disability orphanages. Drawing upon the lens of carceral mobilities, the article challenges the dominant conceptualisations of children’s mobilities as ‘independent’ or necessarily intertwined with notions of ‘wellbeing’. Instead this piece draws upon ethnographic research into the Russian disability orphanage system to present three typologies of multi-scalar carceral mobilities which children experience in this context; firstly as a form of spatial segregation and containment, secondly as a form of punishment and finally enforced stillness and restraint as a form of care. In doing so it provides new insights into the nature of the everyday for children in restricted institutional environments, largely absent from the wider geographical literature. Through the lens of carceral mobility this article provides a more nuanced geographical reading of the orphanage beyond an environment variously understood to harm or problematically to provide shelter, but as an institution enmeshed in biopolitical processes of power and control.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children’s geographies, orphanages, mobilities, carceral geographies, Russia
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Tom Disney
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2018 15:53
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 09:51

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