Abstract

This paper considers the practical and theoretical invisibility of prisons and punishment in contemporary democratic states and modern democratic political theory. I argue that the prison’s invisibility is a symptom of our democracy’s “virtuality,” its tendency to operate without the full participation of its citizens and to project responsibility for risks onto politicians and experts.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1538-9731
Print ISSN
1089-0017
Pages
pp. 6-16
Launched on MUSE
2014-07-10
Open Access
No
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