Date of Award

5-14-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Geosciences

First Advisor

Richard Milligan

Second Advisor

Tiffany King

Third Advisor

Katherine Hankins

Abstract

Stewart Detention Center (SDC) is a private immigrant detention center in Lumpkin, Georgia, 150 miles southwest of Atlanta and is one of the largest immigrant detention centers in the country. I conduct a historical geography of the space in and around Stewart Detention Center to better understand SDC as a continuation of colonial and racial territorializations integral to the nation-state and extending from the 18th century to the present. I analyze archival documentation of the material manifestations of carceral territorialization, including a 19th century map and photographs of a series of erosion gullies fifteen miles from SDC. Finally, an intimate geography of the body in detention brings this analysis into the contemporary carceral space. Tracking the spatial practices of white supremacist land-body violence that accrue over time will flesh out contemporary understandings of prisons and detention centers as not timeless institutions but contemporary iterations within a historical constellation of carceral space.

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