Work and the Carceral State


The politics of punishment meet labor exploitation in this new analysis

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By Jon Burnett
Pluto Press

During 2019-20 in England and Wales, over 17 million hours of labor were carried out by more than 12,500 people incarcerated in prisons, while many people in immigration removal centers also worked. In many cases, such workers constitute a sub-waged, captive workforce who are discarded by the state when done with.

Work and the Carceral State examines these forms of work as part of a broader exploration of the relationship between criminalization, criminal justice, immigration policy and labor, tracing their lineage through the histories of transportation and banishment, of houses of correction and prisons, to the contemporary production of work.

Criminalization has been used to enforce work and to discipline labor throughout the history of England and Wales. This book demands that we recognize the carceral state as operating at the frontier of labor control in the 21st century.

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Weight 11.2 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.25 × 0.75 in



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