‘Confinement and social categories’: special issue of Critique Internationale

The French journal Critique Internationale has just published a special issue on “Confinement and social categories”, edited by Tristan Bruslé and Bénédicte Michalon: http://www.sciencespo.fr/ceri/fr/critique

“In the name of peacekeeping and of an effective organization of daily life inside carceral settings, confinement goes in pair with processes of categorisation through gender, ethnicity and religion. The papers presented here examine how confinement affects categorisation processes and social categories; and, reciprocally, how logics of classification are transformed, weakened or reinforced in carceral institutions. Indeed, the possibility of identifying, classifying and naming seems an effective management tool of the social relations and finally meets few resistances from categorised people – be they incarcerated or professionals working for/with the institution. Categories and categorisation processes are analysed here as disciplinary and normative procedures, being part of the power relationships in penal institution as well as in migrants’ camps and detention centres confinement settings for migrants.”


Bénédicte Michalon, Tristan Bruslé : ‘Ethnicity, religion and gender in carceral institutions : processes and categorisation effects’

Aurore Mottet, ‘Distribution and Circulation: Categorizing Detainees in the Choucha Camp (Tunisia)’

Louise Tassin, ‘The Frontiers of Detention: Gender and Ethnicity in the Supervision of Foreigners Awaiting Expulsion’

Claire de Galembert, ‘The “radical”: A New, Ill-Defined Figure of Prison Danger’

Irene Becci, Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali, Valentina Schiavinato, ‘Perception and Experience of Religious Plurality in Swiss and Italian Prisons : An Ethnographic Approach’