TechnoPrisons: Corrections, Technology, and Society|
Fall 2020 not offered
The United States currently incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation, and most of them are members of disadvantaged social groups. How does our government practically accomplish mass incarceration? This first-year seminar (FYS) examines prisons as technologies and the role that specific technologies play in the U.S. prison system. To say that prisons are technologies means that prisons operate as an architectural system that is designed to hold people captive within enclosed social spaces. At the same time, prisons are the location for multiple kinds of technological systems including surveillance systems, biomedical technologies, classification and administrative technologies, and military technologies. This seminar introduces basic concepts within science and technology studies (STS), criminology, and sociology to investigate how prison happens.
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We will read texts from leading scholars of the U.S. prison system, science and technology studies, and the sociology of prisons including Michel Foucault, Ruth Gilmore, Angela Davis, David Garland, Allen Hornblum, Dennis Childs, Michelle Alexander, Jill McCorkel, and Terry Kuypers.
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Short essays and two longer research papers with opportunities for revision.
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