Tag: prison

The last free words of a cannabis prisoner

Hilary Agro , May 11th, 2022

My friend Daniel Muessig went to prison today. A former criminal defense attorney himself, he sold cannabis in Pennsylvania, a state where it’s legal. But it’s still illegal…

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Assange and how truth does not set you free

john hutnyk , December 10th, 2021

******************** On thursday 9th Dec 2021 the first 15 minutes of my lecture on Media outlined the reasons why the extradition of Julian Assange should be opposed and…


Dark Tourism East and Southeast Asia at ASA 2021

john hutnyk , October 12th, 2021

This is the longer version, with all the discussion


Mass Incarceration and COVID-19: The intersection of American policy failures

Soham Govande , March 17th, 2021

Today, American prison systems stand at the intersection of multiple public health disasters. Mass incarceration has led to millions of people living in dismal, overcrowded arrangements — condi…

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In the Journals – Police Abolition

allisontedesco , August 24th, 2020

Allegory of Justice (Sanctity of the Law) by The Metropolitan Museum of Art via PICRYL Welcome back to In the Journals! This ongoing series aims to bridge conversations…


In the Journals – Conflict and Captivity

allisontedesco , August 10th, 2020

POW release to UN authorities was the first step in repatriation. Here, communists turn over UN troops at the POW receiving center at Panmunjon, on the border of…


In the Journals – Confinement and Mental Health

allisontedesco , July 27th, 2020

Cour des agitées by Amand Gautier via wikimedia Welcome back to In the Journals! This ongoing series aims to bridge conversations that are often siloed by discipline, geographical…


In the Journals – Prisons and Pandemics

allisontedesco , July 13th, 2020

Prisoners’ Round by Vincent Van Gogh via wikimedia Welcome back to In the Journals! My name is Ally, I am a graduate student beginning a Master’s in Anthropology at…


Release G.N. Saibaba

john hutnyk , May 6th, 2020

Many times mentioned on this blog, it is now more relevant than ever to write and support comrade Sai Baba whose conditions, like so many prisoners, are inhumane….


The Sobraj Challenge

john hutnyk , January 5th, 2020

Well, I know, this is not such an appropriate headline and a bit cheeky to add it, but I find this article predictable and mind-boggling at the same…

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I Choose to Look Above the Prison Walls…

Chelsea Horton , November 15th, 2019

From razor wire to emotional barriers, women serving life sentences contend with walls of all kinds—physical, rhetorical, and of their own making. My walls were riddled with bullet…

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Penal-izing poverty, drug retail and migrants – Louie Wacquant

john hutnyk , February 5th, 2019

Page 278 of Loic (Louie) Wacquant’s 2008 Book “Urban Outcasts: A Comparative Sociology of Advanced Marginality”. (Polity).



john hutnyk , July 6th, 2018

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Prison Photography Reframed: Object and Method

john hutnyk , April 27th, 2018

Prison Photography Reframed: Object and Method 11 May 2018, Nottingham Contemporary, UK This one-day workshop brings together photographers, historians, criminologists and anyone interested in questio…


Defoe on prisons 1698

john hutnyk , July 5th, 2017

Defoe, as a good Protestant, was of course keen to remedy the ‘torrent of vice’, ‘venal crime’ and ‘Epidemick Distemper’ that afflicted the nation with ‘wicke…


The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatter Syllabus, Week 21: Maurice Magaña on Seeing Race and Citizenship in the U.S. through Ava Duvernay’s 13th

smulla16 , March 1st, 2017

The editors of Anthropoliteia are happy to continue an ongoing series The Anthropoliteia #BlackLivesMatterSyllabus Project, which will mobilize anthropological work as a pedagogical exercise addressin…


“Could be Worse!” Adventures in Maximum Security Prisons and Our Forthcoming Book

#Review: Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era

Anna Neumann , June 22nd, 2016

Dan Berger’s relationship with “America’s political prisoners” (xii) has been personal from the very beginning. At age sixteen and out of historical curiosity, Berger sought contact with black…


Fieldnotes on the Gendered Labor of Prison Visitation

kevinkarpiak , November 10th, 2015

The editors of Anthropoliteia would like to welcome a special guest post from Orisanmi Burton as part of our series of anthropological reports From the Field The New York State Department…


#REVIEW – The Reappeared: Argentine Former Political Prisoners

Freek Van der Vet , September 2nd, 2015

States resort to disappearances to remove unwanted critics or minorities from society. The act of a disappearance often follows a pattern: a group of masked armed men take…


In the Journals – May 2015

David Thompson , May 29th, 2015

Welcome back to In the Journals, a monthly review of journal publications on security, crime, law enforcement and the state. As many are skirting dangerously close to the…


Open Access Articles from the American Anthropological Association

kevinkarpiak , May 7th, 2015

The AAA has decided to feature the “most-discussed” articles (as measured by Altmetrics)  from Anthrosource by making them temporarily open-access. Among these are several articles that mi…


Indefinite detention for advocating jihadi violence

Dr. Marranci , February 1st, 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald contacted me for a comment on former judge Anthony Whealy’s suggestion to imprison terrorists and terrorist advocates indefinitely till proven de-radicalised. A short q…

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Tuberculosis in Prisons

Paul Mason , June 5th, 2014

  Last year I wrote a blog post for the TB CRE covering a story about Ravindra Patil who died of tuberculosis after having spent time in Mumbai…

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