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The Archaeology of Removal in North America$
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Terrance Weik

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056395

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056395.001.0001

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Topographies of Removal

Topographies of Removal

Rethinking the Archaeology of Prisons

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The Archaeology of Removal in North America

Maria Theresia Starzmann

University Press of Florida

Archaeological studies tend to examine prisons as individual sites that order space and restrict mobility. Prisons are not isolated places, however. They are distributed across vast landscapes, forming carceral archipelagos that serve the purpose of removing undesirable populations from political life. Over time, this practice of social banishment has given shape to what I call “topographies of removal”—a geography capable of obscuring the political violence of prisons. Rethinking the archaeology of prisons means revealing the historical silences and blind spots contained in these topographies.

Keywords:   prisons, carceral archipelagos, social banishment

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