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Title: Struggles against deemed disposability : counter-conduct and carceral governmentality around federal prisons in Argentina
Author: Pereyra Iraola, Victoria
ISNI:       0000 0004 7223 8931
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis seeks to study different gendered practices carried out by incarcerated men and their families (mainly women) that question, contest, attempt to resist and struggle against the way imprisonment is conducted in the federal prison system in Argentina. Based on research conducted in but mainly around different prisons in the City of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and its outskirts, the thesis critically analyses the techniques of governance that these struggles reveal. Situated within the work and thought of Michel Foucault on governmentality and counter-conduct, the thesis explores struggles performed through different forms in diverse sites. The first study analyses the ways in which those incarcerated and their families attempt to resist the power of prison/juridical files in their lives. The second study follows women who visit their husbands, sons and relatives in federal prisons as forms of struggle against their deemed disposability. The third and last study focuses on selected collective strategies initiated by those incarcerated and their families both inside and outside prison buildings to contest the way imprisonment was conducted. The thesis explores the ways in which these struggles are not in exteriority to the technique of power that they aim to contest, but rather are embedded on carceral governmentality. It shows how these techniques of power transcend the prison institution to encompass the everyday life of those who live within but also beyond prison walls. While the thesis critically explores how struggles against the deeming of those incarcerated as disposable are re- inserted in the expansion of carceral forms of power and exclusion, it also aims to overcome binaries that frame practices performed by those incarcerated and their families along a domination/resistance binary.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare