Carceral circuitry: new directions in carceral geography

Nick Gill*, Deirdre Conlon, Dominique Moran, Andrew Burridge

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

119 Citations (Scopus)


Despite the popular impression of prisons and other carceral spaces as disconnected from broader social systems, they are traversed by various circulations that reach within and beyond their boundaries. This article opens a new analytical window onto this reality, developing the concept of ‘circuits’ to critically enquire into the carceral. Drawing inspiration from Harvey (1982; 1985), the article makes circuits do fresh work, teasing apart the emerging carceral landscape to provide a new critical epistemology for carceral geographies. In so doing, a meta-institutional agenda for critical carceral geography is derived, and possible ways to short-circuit carceral systems are revealed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-204
Number of pages22
JournalProgress in Human Geography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • carceral geography
  • circuit
  • circulation
  • counter-mapping
  • institution
  • prison


Dive into the research topics of 'Carceral circuitry: new directions in carceral geography'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this