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From enclosure to embrace : punitive isolation and network culture

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dc.contributor.advisor Henry Jenkins Ill. en_US Rockwood, Jason Willis Krider en_US
dc.contributor.other MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. en_US 2015-01-05T20:02:59Z 2015-01-05T20:02:59Z 2009 en_US 2009 en_US
dc.description Thesis: S.M. in Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2009. en_US
dc.description Cataloged from PDF version of thesis. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-125). en_US
dc.description.abstract Cultural theorists such as Henry Jenkins¹, Lawrence Lessig², Yochai Benkler³ , Robert Hassan⁴, and Manuel Castells⁵, have written extensively on the role of network communications technologies in reconfiguring contemporary culture. While the penetration of the "information society" is now widespread in U.S. culture⁶, not everyone is an equal participant⁷7. As an extreme case in point, the American prison population, currently at 2.3 million⁸, is institutionally excluded from equal participation in the information society and its network economies⁹ attributed by some scholars as due to the prison's historical logic of highly regulated communication flows¹⁰ Some theorists of network culture argue that one quality of network cultures is their tendency to be all-embracing: their connectivity has a compounding effect that encourages networks to become ever more dense¹¹ . Hassan calls this permeation of networks into culture the "network effect¹²," a compelling social pressure to participate more deeply in the information society. This network effect can be used as a theoretical lens for looking at prisons within society. An analysis of the debates surrounding correctional policy reveals the social forces both internal and external to the prison system pressuring prisons to adopt more liberal networked communication and attendant technologies. This juncture between isolation and networks is the central problematic nexus in contemporary debates about the role of prisons in society, their function and modes of operation. The prison has been historically defined in terms of communication-by the regulation and governance of it-and any attempt to understand or reform the prison must proceed from a communicative, as well as punitive, framework. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jason Willis Krider Rockwood. en_US
dc.format.extent 125 pages en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.subject MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. en_US
dc.title From enclosure to embrace : punitive isolation and network culture en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. in Comparative Media Studies en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing. en_US
dc.contributor.department MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 898182484 en_US

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