Karen M. Morin, Associate Provost
This paper develops a framework for exploring resonances across human and nonhuman carceral geographies. I illustrate the close linkages across prisoner and animal carcerality and captivity focusing on three types of sites and institutions: the prison execution chamber and the animal slaughterhouse; sites of medical (and other) laboratory testing of pharmaceutical and other products on incarcerated humans and captive animals; and sites and institutions of exploited prisoner and animal labor. The main themes that call for a ‘carceral comparison’ among these sites include the emotional and psychological strain and violence enacted on bodies that is interwoven into their day-to-day operations; their geographies (locations, design and layout) and the carefully choreographed and regulated movements within them that speak to regimes of surveillance, power, and control; and the ethical questions that arise when we consider the potential for these sites to become locations of genocide and extinction of particular populations.
Morin, Karen M. “Carceral Space: Prisoners and Animals.” Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography (2016).