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Resisting the camp : civil death and the practice of sovereignty in New York State

Follis, Luca (2013) Resisting the camp : civil death and the practice of sovereignty in New York State. Law, Culture and the Humanities, 9 (1). pp. 91-113. ISSN 1743-8721

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This article is an empirical engagement of Giorgio Agamben’s “spatial theory of power.” It explores, through the case-study of civil death in New York, the continuum of exclusion that is capped on one end by homo sacer and the sovereign on the other. I argue that civil death has had a long-running history in America, intimately connected to the expression of sovereign power and its deployment in the penal sphere. I show that despite the longue durée of this disability, and its efficacy as a tool of political and social marginalization, this practice has proved highly unstable for sovereignty and has generated significant resistance in the courts, civil society and prisons themselves. The contested status of civil death, I contend, underscores the dynamic character of resistance to sovereign power and its role in framing the conditions under which state authority can be articulated and maintained.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Law, Culture and the Humanities
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Law, Culture and the Humanities, 9 (1), 2013, © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2013 by SAGE Publications Ltd at the Law, Culture and the Humanities page: on SAGE Journals Online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Giorgio Agamben ; sovereign power ; prisoner rights ; civil death ; exclusion
Subjects: ?? h1 ??
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
ID Code: 55194
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 19 Jun 2012 14:32
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 May 2018 03:33
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