Prison, Architecture and Humans – new open access book

Cover for Prison, Architecture and HumansCarceral geographers interested in the design and experience of carceral spaces will be keen to read this new open access book, the result of an international collaboration between researchers and architects from Italy, Norway and Sweden.

What is prison architecture and how can it be studied? How are concepts such as humanism, dignity and solidarity translated into prison architecture? What kind of ideologies and ideas are expressed in various prison buildings from different eras and locations? What is the outside and the inside of a prison, and what is the significance of movement within the prison space? What does a lunch table have to do with prison architecture? How do prisoners experience materiality in serving a prison sentence? These questions are central to the texts presented in this anthology.

[A version of one of the chapters was presented by Elisabeth Fransson in a session of the  2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography 2017, and an overview of the book was discussed by Berit Johnsen, Elisabeth Fransson and Francesca Giofre at the  1st International Conference for Carceral Geography 2016 – in Session 1B Carceral Infrastructures)

Prison, Architecture and Humans is the result of a collaboration between researchers and architects from Italy, Norway and Sweden. It presents new approaches to prison architecture and penological research by focusing on prison design, prison artefacts, everyday prison life and imprisoned bodies. The book will be of interest to students, researchers, architects and politicians.

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