‘It’s a horrible, horrible feeling’: ghosting and the layered geographies of absent–presence in the prison visiting room

Dominique Moran, Tom Disney

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Abstract

This paper advances geographies of absence by considering the multiscalar, overlapping, ambiguous and reciprocal absences inherent in incarceration, and the compound nature of the experiential and embodied absences characteristic of prison visiting. It progresses extant literatures by considering as absent a group which differs from those previously thus conceptualised, and by postulating absence even when whereabouts are known and co-presence is possible. Drawing on a major RCUK-funded study of the socio-spatial context of prison visitation in the U.K., it brings carceral geographies and geographies of absence into productive dialogue, demonstrating that attention to the felt presence of absence in the context of prison visiting is highly revealing of the poignant and bittersweet nature of family contact during incarceration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)692-709
Number of pages18
JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
Volume20
Issue number5
Early online date1 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Sep 2017

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