Carceral Civilizations. Volume 2


Algis Mickunas
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, USA
Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
Vilnius Gedimino Technical University, Lithuana

Joseph J. Pilotta
Vilnius Gedimino University, Lithuania

Series: Contemporary Cultural Studies
BISAC: SOC002010
DOI: 10.52305/MNXL2430

The usual notion of incarceration suggests specific locations in a given society: prisons or, in gentler form, psychiatric institutions. This notion will be incorporated in the text in various and much broader contexts. We investigate civilizations and their specific cultures in terms of their compositions which may “incarcerate” a person without specific facilities: More recent and still continuous examples are Fascistic and Communist empires, or traditional autocratic and theocratic systems. In addition, there are civilizations which, while open and democratic, might exclude various groups from participation due to education, race, or class status—and such exclusion may not be regarded as “incarceration.” One prevalent form of autocratic incarceration is the control of education and literature available to the citizens.

There are other forms which subject a group, or an entire civilization, to “incarceration” due to colonialisms and their usual “monological” imposition of totalizing discourse as a criterion for what is civilized and what is not, all the way to what is human and what is not adequate to be regarded as human. The monological form also applies to totalizing discourses in modern “sciences” and technical fields, offering “explanations” of every facet of human behavior. The trend is a push for “education” only in technical fields.

It is also imperative to investigate the various contemporary trends in cultural theories which propose multi-cultural “methods” without attending to the issue of the illogical nature of such methods. Finally, we address the current debates of global migrations, immigrations, and the issues as to the status of persons caught in such movements with regard to “legal” questions. This issue is confronted by the emergence of “populisms” and “nationalisms” worldwide, and a usually avoided question, “Why there is a denouncement of the West by members of various civilizations and their cultures, and yet the demand that only the West should welcome “the others.” (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Infusion and Diffusion of Root Metaphors: Words as Gestures

Chapter 2. Carceral In-Citations

Chapter 3. An In-Carce-Racial Profile: A Failure of Basic Policy

Chapter 4. The Politics of “Social Difference”: Consequences of Socially Conditioned Inactivism

Chapter 5. The Confucian Position on Punishment

Chapter 6. The Social Credit System and Reputations: China

Chapter 7. In Debt We Trust

Chapter 8. Value and Worth


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