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The Ethics of Total Confinement: A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice

Bruce A. Arrigo, Heather Y. Bersot, and Brian G. Sellers


This book demonstrates how the forces of captivity and risk management dangerously co-habit justice at the self/society divide. This cohabitation is the power to harm (i.e., to reduce being and to repress becoming), for the kept and their keepers, for their managers and their watchers. This harm as “madness” occurs through interactive symbolic, linguistic, materially and cultural intensities. Overcoming these intensities or “conditions of control” for one and all necessitates the cultivation of transformative and dynamic habits of character. Embodying such citizenship makes the evolving praxis ... More

Keywords: total confinement, ethics, madness, citizenship, social justice, praxis, judicial decision-making, theory, methodology, change, mental health law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195372212
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce A. Arrigo, author
Department of Criminal Justice, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Heather Y. Bersot, author

Brian G. Sellers, author
University of South Florida