The experience of solitary confinement: some beginning reflections -- A very brief history of solitary confinement and the supermax penitentiary -- The developmental history of solitary and supermax confinement: toward a phenomenology of the state of exception -- The Supreme Court, solitary confinement, and the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment -- From the other side of the door: the lived experience of solitary confinement -- Some closing reflections
"This book is the first to consider the history of solitary confinement and how it is experienced by the individuals undergoing it. Using Merleau-Ponty's concept of embodied subjectivity, it provides first-hand accounts of the inhumane experience of solitary confinement to provide a better appreciation of the relationship between penal strategy and its effect on human beings."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 95-102) and index
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