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dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Rachel
dc.contributor.author Penton, Turner
dc.creator Penton, Turner
dc.date 2020-12-03
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-28T00:19:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-28T00:19:40Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/12068
dc.description.abstract This thesis analyzes modern penal practices and their effects on prisoners to argue that the harm that prison necessarily produces is both ontological and political, and that the relation between these two existential dimensions is revealed most distinctly by penal practices themselves. Chapter 1, which is developed mostly from the work of Lisa Guenther’s Solitary Confinement: Social Death and its Afterlives, will argue that prison-living is a type of existential harm which denies a person a meaningful life; where ‘meaningful’ is understood to depend on one’s capacity to play a role in defining the parameters of their existence. Chapter 2 will utilize the work of Michel Foucault in Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison to retrace the genealogy of punishment, and to explain the dynamics of a disciplinary system and how its functioning deprives a subject of the existential necessities established in Chapter 1. Developed from Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition, Chapter 3 will argue that prison and carceral practices represent a failure to maintain an open horizon of freedom, even for the non-incarcerated. This conclusion will be based on Arendt’s notion of “the public”, which requires an open-ended plurality absent in the disciplinary carceral systems described in Chapter 2. Concluding this thesis will be the argument that ‘the political’ and ‘the ontological’ coconstitute ‘the existential’, and by severing the ontological from the political (understood in a distinct Arendtian sense), the carceral system amputates the possibility of meaningful existence. Only by reintroducing plurality can the carceral system allow for this possibility and ultimately for justice. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Lisa Guenther en_US
dc.subject Michel Foucault en_US
dc.subject Hannah Arendt en_US
dc.subject relational self en_US
dc.subject prison en_US
dc.subject plurality en_US
dc.title Carceral Relations en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Philosophy en_US
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en_US


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