chapter  16
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Dialogues across Carceral Space: Migration, Mobility, Space and Agency

We can identify various sets of existing debates about incarceration and confinement that the volume contributes towards. In what follows we group the contributions into four areas that point to innovative engagements in critical human geography where prison studies, penology and migration studies inform new understandings of carceral spaces. First, while much has already been written about the role of space in carceral settings, the chapters included here provide a unique and original angle onto these debates. Second, the chapters signal the importance of attending to a range of mobilities in the context of prison and migrant detention. While this may seem counter-intuitive because these sites seek, first and foremost, to immobilize those they contain, we argue that perspectives that can account for the mobility of various elements of the carceral environment promise to enrich our understanding of confinement in important new ways. Third, the contributions have raised the issue of the degree to which resistance is possible and desirable in carceral environments in new and innovative ways. And fourth, the volume has highlighted the importance of attending to immigration detention as it relates to both prison and migration, as well as integrating each of these into a holistic carceral framework.