Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives

2015.05.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lisa Guenther, Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives, University of Minnesota Press, 2013, 321pp., $25.00 (pbk),
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2015.05.15 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Lisa Guenther, Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives, University of Minnesota Press, 2013, 321pp., $25.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780816679591. Reviewed by Joy James, Williams College Lisa Guenther's book is an important contribution to understanding the intricacies of prison torture, human rights violations within a democracy, and our shared vulnerabilities to the shattered consciousness of prisoners trapped in prolonged isolation. Guenther offers insights on how relationships or relationality constitute the human, suturing rational, cognitive, emotive structures. Prison solitary confinement, Guenther reveals, diminishes or destroys relationality; it is therefore both anti-human and anti-animal, and exists as an extreme expression of captivity that works against life. Given its promotion of social and mental disintegration, solitary confinement represents an inferno. And the climb out from hell is. . .

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