By Alison Bashford, Carolyn Strange
This publication examines the coercive and legally sanctioned recommendations of exclusion and segregation undertaken during the last centuries in quite a lot of contexts. The political and cultural heritage of this era increases a few questions on coercive exclusion. The essays during this assortment study why isolation has been the sort of chronic process in liberal and non-liberal international locations, in colonial and post-colonial states and why practices of exclusion proliferated over the fashionable interval, accurately while felony and political suggestions of 'freedom' have been invented. as well as providing new views at the continuum of medico-penal websites of isolation from the asylum to the detention center, Isolation appears to be like at much less recognized websites, from leper villages to refugee camps to local reserves.
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Colonial administrators gradually had to acknowledge and accommodate convicts’ differing views and desires about the punishment. In the 1890s, the Government of India tried to reconfigure transportation as a focus of terror, by constructing the Cellular Jail at Port Blair in the Andamans. During the first decades of the twentieth century, the British used this large institution of secondary confinement to incarcerate nationalist agitators, as well as ordinary transportation convicts. The chapter concludes by looking at how the imprisonment of political offenders in the Andaman Islands has led to their postcolonial representation as a symbolic space of anti-colonial struggle.
What I want to suggest, by examining prison architecture and siting from the early nineteenth century up to the 1970s, is that this disappearance constitutes a discrete episode in a much longer-running saga—what Norbert Elias2 referred to as ‘the civilising process’. Here, what we understand as ‘the civilised world’, with all its teleological assumptions about advancement, development and progression, is not some natural innate quality of essentially Western societies. Instead, it is understood as the contingent outcome of long-term socio-cultural and psychic change from the Middle Ages onwards (primarily in Europe) that brought with it two major consequences.
Isolation: Places and Practices of Exclusion (Routledge Studies in Modern History, 1) by Alison Bashford, Carolyn Strange