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Intervention at the Cosmobilities 2011 colloquium. About mobility and prison.

Intervention at the Cosmobilities 2011 colloquium. About mobility and prison.

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  • 1. Mobilitarian ideology in discourses on imprisonment Mobility behind the walls?
  • 2. Mobilitarian ideology? • This is a teaser, do come tomorrow • A new representation of time & spaceS • Decompartmentalization • Continuum and inhomogeneity • Mobility as a value & mobilitarian ideology • Activity (do it), activation (do it by yourself), participation (be part of it), adaptation (be flexible) Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 3. Prison? • Looking for mobility where it couldn’t be • Penitentiary law (nature of the punishment, aims, internal regulation of jails, rights and procedures, communication with the outside, etc.) • Rich parliamentry documents («commission Dupont» & debates) • Work in progress Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 4. Prison and immobility • Liberty deprivation at the heart of the modern penal system • Prison as incapacitation • Prison as walls • Inmates categorization • Prison time : repetition and immobility • Imprisonment as a slack period Prison as a punitive immobility Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 5. Mobility tests • Hypothesis of a shift: from painful immobility to mobility tests • immobility  mobility • punishement  test • Looking for: • Calls to activity, activation, participation & adaptation • Evolution of the spatial perception of prison • Mobility tests Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 6. Management of the Self imperatives Context: reframing the prison projects & the difficulties it induces (dependency) • Activity: inmates & workers as actors of prison • Activation • Offers of opportunities in prison • Detention plan Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 7. Management of social relation imperatives • Participation • Social relations with the outside (victims & reparation, assistance structures, family) • Social relations inside the prison (community regime) • Adaptation • Reinsertion as a readaptation & help as autonomy- friendly • Flexible application of norms Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 8. Prison as physical space • If you want social space to be open... • ... physical space has to be opened • Imprisonment limited to physical immobility • Prison loses its exclusivity & integrates a prison continuum Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 9. Towards mobility tests • Prison as an open and transitory space • Rejection of retribution and rehabilitation • A prison without specifical aims • Reduction of detrimental effects and the end of prison • Management of prison trajectories on the basis of mobility tests • Management of rights in the framework of mobility tests Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 10. A powerful ideology • Strangeness of mobility in prison • Impossibility of prison legitimation • ... development of an efficient mobilitarian discourse Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 11. A powerful ideology • Strangeness of mobility in prison • Impossibility of prison legitimation • ... development of an efficient mobilitarian discourse Prison & mobilities - www.mincke.be
  • 12. Christophe Mincke FUSL-CES mincke@fusl.ac.be +32(0)473/210.265 Online at www.mincke.be