Date of Award
Master of Science
Harry Dahms, Lois Presser
The production of prison is assumed to be a humane, reformist, and a radical step toward rooting out corporal punishments. Contrary to the common assumption, this study shows how liberal reforms worked actually within the judicial system as a state apparatus to distribute power among all state authorities. Rights, which are supposed to free individuals from state repression and the arbitrary use of power, function in a paradoxical way which can ultimately contribute to the carceral state. This study illustrates, through a genealogical perspective, how liberal rights by their universal characteristics fail to emancipate individuals from state coercion and violence, and can instead ultimately legitimate and provide a place for disciplinary power of the state. In this thesis, I will work through this paradox through an analysis of rights discourses against the rise of mass incarceration in the United States.
Zahedipoor, Narges, "HOW RIGHTS CLAIMS EXPAND CARCERAL STATE. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2019.