Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Structural Violence, Police/Prison Abolition, and Decoloniality

Daily Lives and Intimacy in Prison



Section 1: Torture and Humiliation


Branche, R. 2007. “Torture of Terrorists? Use of torture in a “war against terrorism”: Justifications, methods and effects: The case of France in Algeria, 1954–1962.” International Review of the Red Cross, 89.

Cassese, A. 1996. Inhuman states : Imprisonment, detention and torture in Europe today. Cambridge, Mass.: Polity Press ; Blackwell.

Fletcher, Laurel E., and Eric Stover. 2009. The Guantánamo Effect : Exposing the Consequences of U.S. Detention and Interrogation Practices. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009.

Giordano, Joseph 2008. “Abu Ghraib Reformer Stone hands over Command of the Detainee System in Iraq.” Stars and Stripes

Hajjar, Lisa. 2013. Torture : A sociology of violence and human rights . New York: Routledge.

Kane, Stephanie. 2012.” The Art of Torture and the Place of Execution: A Forensic Narrative” PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, 35(1). 

Khalili, Laleh. 2008. On torture. Middle East Report, 39(4).

McCoy, Alfred W. 2006. A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War on Terror. Holt. 

Rejali, D. 2007. Torture and democracy. Princeton: Princeton University Press


Section 2: Hygiene and Food


Bargu, B. (2014). Starve and immolate : The politics of human weapons. New York: Columbia University Press.

Chatterjee, Debolina, & Chatterjee, Suhita Chopra. 2018. Food in Captivity: Experiences of Women in Indian Prisons. The Prison Journal. 98(1).

Feldman, Allen. 1991. Formations of violence : The narrative of the body and political terror in Northern Ireland. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Firth, C., Sazie, E., Hedberg, K., Drach, L., & Maher, J. 2015. Female Inmates with Diabetes: Results from Changes in a Prison Food Environment. Women’s Health Issues, 25(6).

Nocella, Ducre, Lupinacci, Nocella, Anthony J., Ducre, K. Animashaun, & Lupinacci, John. 2016. Addressing environmental and food justice toward dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline: Poisoning and imprisoning youth. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

McGirr, Lisa. 2016. The War on Alcohol: Prohibition and the Rise of the American State. W. W. Norton & Company. 

Miller, Ian. 2016. A History of Force Feeding: Hunger Strikes, Prisons and Medical Ethics, 1909 1974. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Omar, Saed. 2014. “Food is not our issue: Reflections on hunger-striking,” Biography, 37(2). 

Smoyer, Amy. 2016. “Making Fatty Girl Cakes: Food and Resistance in a Women’s Prison” The Prison Journal (Philadelphia, Pa.), 96(2), 191-209.

Ugelvik, Thomas. 2011. “The hidden food: Mealtime resistance and identity work in a Norwegian prison.” Punishment & Society, 13(1), 47-63.

Vanhouche, An-Sofie. 2015. “Acceptance or refusal of convenience food in present-day prison.” Appetite, 94, 47-53

Wallner, Heimo., & Avieli, Nir. 2018. Food and power : A culinary ethnography of Israel. Oakland, California: University of California Press.


Section 3: Gender, Love, and Sexuality


Amar, Paul. 2013. The security archipelago: Human-security states, sexuality politics, and the end of neoliberalism. Duke University Press.

Aretxaga, B. 1997. Shattering silence : Women, nationalism, and political subjectivity in Northern Ireland. Princeton, N.J. ; Chichester, U.K.: Princeton University Press.

Caldwell, Ryan. 2016. Fallgirls : Gender and the framing of torture at Abu Ghraib (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory). London: Routledge.

Dillon, Stephen. 2018. Fugitive life : The queer politics of the prison state. Durham: Duke University Press.

Donzelot, Jacques. 1997. The Policing of Families. Trans. Robert Hurley. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Dubber, Markus. 2005. The Police Power: Patriarchy and the Foundations of American Government. Columbia University Press.

Earle, R., Phillips, C., Hannah-Moffat, K., & Lynch, M. 2012. “Digesting men? Ethnicity, gender and food: Perspectives from a ‘prison ethnography’”. Theoretical Criminology, 16(2), 141-156.

Haley, Sarah. 2016. No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity. University of North Carolina Press.

Gartland, D. 2012. “A woman’s prison: Gender, trauma and psychic space.” International Journal of Psychology, 47, 54.

Maycock, Matthew., & Hunt, Kate. 2018. New perspectives on prison masculinities. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan.

Pemberton, Sarah. 2013. “Enforcing Gender: The Constitution of Sex and Gender in Prison Regimes.” Signs, 39(1).

Puar, Jasbir. 2017. Terrorist assemblages : Homonationalism in queer times. Durham: Duke University Press.

Slyomovics, S. 2005. The Argument from Silence: Morocco’s Truth Commission and Women Political Prisoners. Journal of Middle East Women’s Studies, 1(3), 73-95.

Young, Iris Marion . 2003. “The Logic of Masculinist Protection: Reflections on the Current Security State.” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Vol. 29. No. 1.


Section 4: “God” in Prison: Religions and Spiritualities


Akih, A., & Dreyer, Y. 2017. “Penal reform in Africa: The case of prison chaplaincy” Hts Teologiese Studies-Theological Studies, 73(3), 1-9.

Jeffreys, Derek. 2013. Spirituality in dark places : The ethics of solitary confinement. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Martínez-Ariño, Julia, & Zwilling, Anne-Laure. 2020. Religion and prison : An overview of contemporary Europe. Cham: Springer.

Morag, M., & Teman, E. 2018. The “Watchful Eye of God”: The Role of Religion in the Rehabilitation and Reentry of Repentant Jewish Prisoners. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 62(7), 2103-2126.

Thomas, J., & Zaitzow, B. 2006. “Conning or Conversion? The Role of Religion in Prison Coping.” The Prison Journal (Philadelphia, Pa.), 86(2), 242-259.


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