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'Rethinking Work and the Carceral State' with Dr Jon Burnett

Venue: Online

No booking required

There have been sustained attempts in recent years to increase the provision of work in prisons across the UK, while in many cases people detained in immigration detention also work. This talk examines these forms of work as part of a broader exploration of the relationship between criminalisation, criminal justice, immigration policy and labour, tracing their lineage through the histories of banishment, of houses of correction and prisons, to the contemporary production of work. In doing so it explores the roles, logics and functions of carceral labour within two key sites of an expansive contemporary carceral state. It examines these sites as labour control regimes, and how the carceral state operates as a frontier of contemporary labour control.  

Dr Burnett's recent book "Work and the Carceral State" can be purchased via the Pluto Press website (using discount code BBK20 for paperback and e-book).


About The Speaker

Dr Jon Burnett research interests are multidisciplinary, focusing on forced labour, racism and neoliberalism, asylum policy and institutional violence. His research areas cover the policies and practices which underpin forced labour and the risks faced by those working in such conditions, medical abuse in penal settings (particularly Immigration Removal Centres), ‘hate crimes’ and racist violence, and the displacement of communities through social policy and immigration policy.

Prior to coming to Swansea University, Jon worked at Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (PAFRAS), Medical Justice and the Institute of Race Relations.

Professor Avery Gordon (University of California Santa Barbara, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck’s School of Law) will be the discussant at this event.

Race and Justice Series

This event is part of the Department of Criminology’s Race and Justice Series and is supported by the by the British Society of Criminology's Race Matters Network. For further information, please contact the event organiser and Race Matters Network co-coordinator Dr Monish Bhatia (

This event is open to the public and free to attend however booking is required via this page. The event will be hosted on Collaborate, a free to access website. You will be sent a link to access the event upon registration.

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