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JailcareFinding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars$
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Carolyn Sufrin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001

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Custody as Forced and Enforced Intimacy

Custody as Forced and Enforced Intimacy

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Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This chapter explores the phenomenon of “pastoral custody,” where safety could be achieved through a knotty entanglement of control and benevolence. It discusses Foucault's description of pastoral power, which creates the simultaneous intimacy of custody and care in jail. This form of custody acknowledges the many contradictory tasks and affects of facilitating the minutiae of inmates' daily existence. The collective space of the jail and the deputies' job description result in close and constant spatial proximity, as well as intimacy around personal bodily processes and social interactions. The job of custody, then, requires both forced and enforced intimacy generated by the jail's conditions.

Keywords:   pastoral power, pastoral custody, enforced intimacy, jail conditions, forced intimacy

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