Informal Session: Race and Incarceration (!)
This new informal session explores the role of racialized identities in processes that incarcerate people, and the effect of racializing practices in incarcerations on individuals and communities. Much research has focused on incarceration of Afro-Americans. In Australia a Royal Commission investigated ‘Black deaths in custody’. Racializing practices influence incarceration rates, prison culture and effect families and wider communities.
This session’s main question is: How do racializing perceptions and practices effect incarceration rates, life in prisons, cultural and group formations of Pacific Islanders in the Pacific and the Diasporas in the USA, Australia and New Zealand?
The main focus in on today's total institutions (Goffman) such as prisons, mental institutions or internment/refugee camps, but can also expand to religious and educational institutions of the past.
The session is interdisciplinary, ranging for example from anthropology to history, and sociology. Themes can be the role of race constructions in the formation of incarceration institutions, such as prisons, refugee camps, or mental institutions; incarceration rates and race perceptions; cultural practices within prisons and racial belongings; experiences of incarcerations and their wider impact on racialized communities. The session will focus on Pacific Islanders in the pacific and significant diasporas, especially the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Contributions analyzing wider problems of racializing individuals and groups are also welcome.
Christine Winter (Flinders University, Adelaide) <Christine.Winter@flinders.edu.au>