Generating abolitionist affect: Decarceral feminist methodologies and the closure of Holloway Prison

Carly Guest*, Rachel Seoighe

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This chapter begins with a discussion of our work on the closure of HMP Holloway, London, and our decarceral feminist principles that have emerged from a critical analysis of the UK's prison system, particularly the incarceration of women. It details how authors have developed decarceral feminist methodologies that centralise an ethics of care and practice of reflection and that seek to generate, utilise and take notice of affect. In order to generate new insights that might prompt a meaningful societal response to women's imprisonment and the harms it exacerbates and produces, the authors argue for the use of reflexive, feminist methodologies that can generate abolitionist affect. The chapter focuses on how the authors developed this approach through archival work and site visits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContesting Carceral Logic
Subtitle of host publicationTowards Abolitionist Futures
EditorsMichael J Coyle, Mechthild Nagel
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781003161813
ISBN (Print)9780367751326, 9780367752798
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameRoutledge Studies in Penal Abolition and Transformative Justice

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