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Familiarity and strangeness: seeing everyday practices of punishment and resistance in Holloway Prison

Guest, Carly, Seoighe, Rachel (2020) Familiarity and strangeness: seeing everyday practices of punishment and resistance in Holloway Prison. Punishment and Society, 22 (3). pp. 353-375. ISSN 1462-4745. (doi:10.1177/1462474519883253) (KAR id:77644)


London’s Holloway Prison, the largest women’s prison in western Europe, closed in 2016. The impact of the closure on the women incarcerated in Holloway, and the prison’s place in the local community, is the focus of a project led by Islington Museum. Here, we develop an innovative, emotion-led methodology to explore photographs of the decommissioned Holloway, asking what they communicate about experiences of imprisonment and practices of punishment. The images illustrate the strategies of control, mechanisms of punishment and tactics of resistance that operate through the carceral space. From a feminist, anti-carceral perspective, we emphasise the importance of seeing prison spaces and attending to the emotional responses generated. We offer a creative intervention into dominant government and media narratives of Holloway’s closure and suggest that considering what it is that feels familiar and strange about carceral spaces has the potential to operate as a form of anti-carceral work.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/1462474519883253
Uncontrolled keywords: Anti-carceral; women; imprisonment; Holloway; emotion; punishment; resistance
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Rachel Seoighe
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2019 05:47 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 05:17 UTC
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