This paper focuses on the practice of solitary confinement in the United States carceral system, applying the theoretical lenses of Lisa Guenther and Victor Turner. Aligning firsthand accounts of those who have undergone solitary confinement as primary source material with these theoretical frames, the paper ultimately argues that the experience of solitary confinement functions as a site of social liminality, which produces an effect of both physical and structural invisibility. The end result is an intensive form of state-sanctioned social death.
Religions; Religions -- Philosophy; Religions -- History
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: an Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies
The University of Puget Sound
"Solitary Confinement and Intersubjectivity: Social Liminality in Prison,"
Relics, Remnants, and Religion: An Undergraduate Journal in Religious Studies: Vol. 5
, Article 1.
Available at: https://soundideas.pugetsound.edu/relics/vol5/iss1/1