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La prison au travers de l’espace architectural

Prison Through Architectural Space
Edited by Olivier Milhaud and David Scheer


The issue aims to examine confinement through architectural space in order to analyse interactions, practices, gestures, and experiences in different places of detention. The objective is to propose a critical, non-programmatic and non-normative vision of detention architectural spaces; that is, to understand how they are produced and what they produce. This issue thus offers multidisciplinary perspectives on specific places of confinement: to grasp the multiplicity of architectural space from government programming in terms of prison architecture to actual practices of circulation in detention, from the history of the cell to the issue of privacy in Canadian prisons, from the rise of model prisons in Spain to the interrelationships in “closed educational centres” in France, and including the distribution of individuals in prison. The texts offer a rich empirical perspective, honouring for the singularity of the places they visit, while shedding light on several issues of contemporary imprisonment. They are drawn from a series of seminars funded by the Groupement européen de recherches sur les normativités (GERN) CNRS:


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