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Title: Displacing Criminal Bodies: Spectacle, Crime and Punishment in the TV Sitcom The Visit
Authors: Turner, Jennifer E.
First Published: 2013
Publisher: The Center for Geographic Studies • California State University, Northridge
Citation: Aether Vol. xii, x–x, July 2013
Abstract: This paper explores the transition from ‘visible’ to ‘invisible’ modes of penal punishment via the shifting spectacle of a heavily disciplined, corporeal incarceration. It is broadly acknowledged that the emergence of prisons in Britain marked the disappearance of punishment from the public eye. This paper argues that despite this physical distancing, concerns over crime and punishment were displaced and translated into other realms of society. This displacement has continued with the emergence of global media sources, which deploy landscapes of incarceration as entertainment. In order to ground this discussion, this paper focuses upon the manner in which television media allows for a representation of British prisons by drawing upon the recent bbc sitcom The Visit. By examining the implications of events within the programme, discussion reveals a careful negotiation of ‘inside’ and ‘outside’ identities and behaviours that, together, render prisons an essential, visible, if particular and distinct, part of society as a whole
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © Copyright 2013, The Center for Geographic Studies • California State University, Northridge
Description: Embargoed awaiting clearance from publisher
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