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Tomas Max Martin

Ugandan prison staff both criticize and welcome human rights as a reform agenda that brings about insecurity as well as tangible improvements. In practice, human rights discourse is malleable enough for prison officers to cobble together a take on human rights that enables them to embrace the concept. The analysis of the emic notion of “reasonable caning” illustrates this malleability as staff concurrently take stands against inhumane violence and continue to legitimize caning while aligning with human rights. Human rights are locally negotiated, and it is argued that human rights reform cannot simply be analyzed as a submissive or opposing reaction to the top-down export of powerful global discourses. The embrace of human rights that unfolds in Ugandan prisons is rather a productive and multifaceted effort by prison officers to get purchase on legal technologies and reconceptualizations of prison management practices that affect their lives.

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Connecting and Disconnecting

Exploring Prisoners’ Relations with the Outside World in Myanmar

Andrew M. Jefferson and Tomas Max Martin

not being present. As Ay Aung, who had been imprisoned during the 1988 revolution and served time on death row for many years, said: ‘The prison staff are listening to what we are talking about it. We need to pay money so that they don't listen. We pay

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Institutions of Confinement as Sites of Passage

The Mètis of Foreign Nationals Caught in the Wars on Terror, Drugs and Immigration

Carolina S. Boe

some of the unofficial practices that prison staff often suspect from prisoners who comply outwardly with regulations, but which are rarely fully disclosed to them. In the following, I will discuss the ways in which anthropologists of confinement have

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Carceral Entrapments

Views from the Prison/Street Interface in India

Mahuya Bandyopadhyay

populations ( Darke 2018 ; Darke and Garces 2017 ; Jefferson and Martin 2014 ) and also how global norms such as human rights of prisoners and training of prison staff create contexts for institutional reproduction, extension of bureaucratic power and