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“This Purgatory Is Useful”: How Prison Forges Politics

Padraic Kenney

in Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199375745
eISBN:
9780190840075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199375745.003.0010
Subject:
History, World Modern History, European Modern History

Prisoners and their supporters often refer to the experience as a “prison university.” Time in prison among people of the same movement gave prisoners the opportunity to learn and to develop ... More


The Cancer of Punitivity: Prisons of Slavery and Hell

Monika Fludernik

in Metaphors of Confinement: The Prison in Fact, Fiction, and Fantasy

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780198840909
eISBN:
9780191879906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198840909.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 6 raises crucial ethical and political questions about the practice of punishment by means of the prison. It discusses the central importance of power in the carceral environment and its ... More


“Everyone Learned Prison”: Becoming a Political Prisoner

Padraic Kenney

in Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199375745
eISBN:
9780190840075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199375745.003.0004
Subject:
History, World Modern History, European Modern History

Incarcerated for their politics, prisoners must still figure out what a political prisoner is and does. They do so through interactions with more experienced prisoners or by reading instructions ... More


After Rivonia

Kenneth S. Broun

in Saving Nelson Mandela: The Rivonia Trial and the Fate of South Africa

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199740222
eISBN:
9780190254391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199740222.003.0015
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter examines the aftermath of the Rivonia Trial. Mandela and his co-accused were eventually released from prison by the government. Denis Goldberg got his freedom after twenty-two years of ... More


Night and Fog: The Regime and Its Captives

Padraic Kenney

in Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199375745
eISBN:
9780190840075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199375745.003.0003
Subject:
History, World Modern History, European Modern History

What do states do with the opponents they have imprisoned? This chapter explores the treatment of prisoners as a way to understand political incarceration. For political prisoners, arbitrary and ... More


“Why Wouldn’t I Laugh, When I Win Either Way?”: The Hunger Strike

Padraic Kenney

in Dance in Chains: Imprisonment in the Modern World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780199375745
eISBN:
9780190840075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199375745.003.0009
Subject:
History, World Modern History, European Modern History

Through examination of five major hunger strikes in Poland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and South Africa, this chapter considers the potential and the limits of this form of collective action. The ... More


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