“Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges”

Check out this new open-access article by our 2015 keynote speaker, Rashad Shabazz: “‘Walls Turned Sideways are Bridges’: Carceral Scripts and the Transformation of the Prison Space.”

This essay explores the ways prisoners use writing to re-make and reimagine
their relationship to carceral space. Focusing on the writings of politically
progressive prisoner writings or carceral script in the post-Civil Rights era, I
contend that these prisoners used their relationship to landscapes of punishment
and confinement to develop critical perspectives about space. They also created
alternative sites within prison that enabled them to counter the banishing geography
of incarceration and to remake its punitive spatiality. Thus, writing becomes a
portal to a different place; it is a means of resisting. This study reveals how space
is linked to struggles for social justice within prison.


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