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Poetic Testimonies of Incarceration: Towards a Vision of Prison as Manifold Space

In recent years carceral geographers have turned toward examining the physical interiors of prisons to better understand how space becomes produced, contested, personalized and segmented within these institutional environments (Baer and Ravneberg 2008, Dirsuweit 1999, van Hoven and Sibley 2008, Martin and Mitchelson 2009, Moran 2011, Sibley and van Hoven 2009). Among the findings to emerge from these investigations is the thesis that prisons are not, or at least are no longer, the kinds of ‘total institutions’ that Goffman (1961) wrote about half a century ago. This is a ‘non-totalizing’ thesis about prison spaces that also has garnered a substantial amount of support from a number of criminologists and sociologists whose research explores carceral spaces, identities and experiences (da Cunha 2008, Farrington 1992, Fiddler 2006, Guilbaud 2010, Jewkes 2005).