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Spring 2018-2019
* LAS 313 / LAO 313 / AAS 331 (SA)   na, npdf

Locked Up in the Americas: A History of Prisons and Detainment

Ryan C. Edwards

This course explores the history of incarceration, detention centers, and internment camps in the Americas from the 1800s to the present. It addresses a range of issues, including political suppression, inmate labor, immigration, and the architectures of confinement, to show how penal colonies, convict transport, exile, and international policing have been evolving endeavors of state and social control since independence. We will look at a series of case studies, from detainment on the US-Mexico border and a panopticon in Cuba to the famed escapes at Devil's Island and the Chilean penal island that inspired the story of Robinson Crusoe.

Sample reading list:
Carlos Aguirre, The Prisoners of Lima and their Worlds
Gil Joseph, Ricardo Salvatore, Crime and Punishment in Latin America
Pablo Piccato, City of Suspects
Peter Beattie, Punishment in Paradise
Talitha LeFlouria, Chained in Silence
Mona Lynch, Sunbelt Justice
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
This course is organized thematically rather than regionally. As a hemispheric approach to prison history, there has been an attempt to include examples from around the world, though the thematic format necessarily skips from place to place. All readings will be available on Black Board, and I encourage you to read the book-length manuscripts for the chapters that we read in class. If you are interested in further readings, I will be happy to provide suggestions.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42348 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th        Enrolled:0 Limit:18