Punishment and parade: the cultural form of penal exile in Russia

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The chapter explores a cultural understanding of penality in Russia against a Foucauldian account of penal change in that jurisdiction. The chapter examines how memory-making in Russia's penal spaces, and the cultural trope of exile, have created a distinctive penal place, penal purpose and penal culture (parphrasing Garland, 1990). Cultural interpretations of punishment are thin on the ground and the chapter seeks to add to a bugeoning body of punishment and society scholarship by exploring how the current, indeed, highly politicised 'moral-nationalist' climate in Russia is having an effect on punishment styles. The theoretical work of William Sewell on 'cultural turns', the chapter introduces prison sociologists to a wider body of social theoretical work on what I describe as 'culture as punishment'.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransnational Penal Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationNew Perspectives on Discipline, Punishment and Desistance
EditorsVivien Miller, James Campbell
Place of PublicationOxford, England
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2014

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NameSOLON: Explorations in Crime and Criminal Justice


  • parade
  • culture
  • penality
  • Foucault
  • Russia

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