Abstract

Abstract:

When formerly incarcerated people seek access to resources and opportunities upon release they are often met with biographic mediation processes that weaponize stigma, as the demand for disclosure re-adjudicates criminality upon them. Performing dissemblance and managing disclosure are two ways in which the formerly incarcerated counter the violence inherent in the carceral rationality of governance that works to break or keep broken, disabled, and therefore easily controlled, formerly incarcerated people. As this essay shows, weaponized stigma, while effective, is not absolute.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-1456
Print ISSN
0162-4962
Pages
pp. 486-513
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-11
Open Access
No
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