This book examines the coercive and legally sanctioned strategies of exclusion and segregation undertaken over the last two centuries in a wide range of contexts. The political and cultural history of this period raises a number of questions about coercive exclusion. The essays in this collection examine why isolation has been such a persistent strategy in liberal and non-liberal nations, in colonial and post-colonial states and why practices of exclusion proliferated over the modern period, precisely when legal and political concepts of 'freedom' were invented. In addition to offering new perspectives on the continuum of medico-penal sites of isolation from the asylum to the penitentiary, Isolation looks at less well-known sites, from leper villages to refugee camps to Native reserves.

chapter 1|19 pages

Isolation and Exclusion in the Modern World

An Introductory Essay

part 1|65 pages

Punitive Isolation

chapter 2|17 pages

The Disappearance of the Prison

An Episode in the ‘Civilising Process'

chapter 3|16 pages

The Politics of Convict Space

Indian Penal Settlements and the Andaman Islands 1

chapter 4|15 pages

Beating the System

Prison Music and the Politics of Penal Space

chapter 5|15 pages

Segregating Sexualities

The Prison ‘Sex Problem' in Twentieth-Century Canada and the United States 1

part 2|63 pages

Therapeutic and Preventive Isolation

chapter 6|15 pages

The Ruly and the Unruly

Isolation and Inclusion in the Management of the Insane

chapter 7|15 pages

From ‘Leper Villages' to Leprosaria

Public Health, Nationalism and the Culture of Exclusion in Japan

chapter 9|17 pages

Cultures of Confinement

Tuberculosis, Isolation and the Sanatorium

part 3|74 pages

Banishment, Exile and Exclusion

chapter 11|18 pages

Legal Geographies of Aboriginal Segregation in British Columbia

The Making and Unmaking of the Songhees Reserve, 1850–1911

chapter 12|17 pages

Palestinian Refugee Camps

Reinscribing and Contesting Memory and Space

chapter 13|14 pages

‘This is not a Place for Civilised people'

Isolation, Enforced Education and Resistance Among Spanish Gypsies 1

chapter 14|3 pages