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Julienne Weegels seeks to understand the hybrid powers and public secrecy involved in Nicaraguan prison governance. Drawing on a multi-sited ethnography of Nicaragua’s carceral universe from the prisoners’ point of view, she argues that the (dis)ordering practices that permeate prison life imply a collusion between authorities and prisoners to manage both prison’s legal and extralegal dimensions. As these practices relationally involve both prisoners and authorities in the (dis)ordering of prison, and a sharing of power, she notes that they become organised into evolving co-governance arrangements within prison. In order to fully understand what is at stake in the emergence and maintenance of such arrangements, however, her research seeks to understand the mutuality and embeddedness of these arrangements within Nicaragua’s broader logics of violence and state governance.

Event details of Understanding Prison Violence and Hybrid Governance in Nicaragua
Date 5 September 2018
Time 13:00 -14:00
Location Aula - Lutherse kerk
Room Location:

J. Weegels: Performing Prison: Power, Agency and Co-Governance in Nicaraguan Prisons.


Prof. Michiel Baud

Prof. Dr. Dennis Rodgers


Aula - Lutherse kerk

Room Location:

Singel 411
1012 XM Amsterdam