Carceral Interstices: Legitimacy on the Move
Recent scholarship on carceral spaces and circuits invites attention beyond the walls of prisons and immigration detention facilities, and calls for investigations of the carceral interstices—sites including short term holding rooms, police precincts, reporting centers, courts, and transportation systems—where spatial control is exercised and where individuals can be confined in the name of state authority. As individuals pass along a trajectory of these interstitial spaces, they come face to face with exertions of control as well as with efforts to elaborate and instantiate legitimacy under circumstances where an array of state and non-state actors are involved in producing and performing makeshift spaces of authority. Drawing on new and ongoing research in the UK and US, and from scholarly work in critical migration studies and feminist political geography, this paper has three interconnected aims: first, to identify and map legitimacy on the move, second to consider its impact for those who experience it, and, finally, to conceptualize its meaning and implications for understanding carceral spaces in contemporary society.
BIO: Deirdre Conlon is lecturer/ assistant professor in critical human geography at the University of Leeds. Her research examines tensions around migration and policies and practices designed to control and manage immigrants and citizenship more broadly. Her projects include examining the ‘intimate’ economies of immigration detention in the US, the proliferation of carceral spaces, the everyday material, social and political consequences of ‘securitization’ as well as possibilities for activism that contests injustices that coincide with these developments. Publications include: Intimate economies of immigration detention: critical perspectives (2016) (published by Routledge, co-edited with Nancy Hiemstra) as well as recent journal articles in Territory, Politics, Governance; Progress in Human Geography; and ACME: An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies.