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Robert A. Ferguson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300230833

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300230833.001.0001

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The Linguistic Tangle in Treatment of the Incarcerated

The Linguistic Tangle in Treatment of the Incarcerated

(p.14) 1 The Linguistic Tangle in Treatment of the Incarcerated

Robert A. Ferguson

Yale University Press

This chapter talks about how confinements restrict the body and, through it, mental well-being. Right after the decision from a judge, the person destined for confinement is put in handcuffs; it makes no difference if the application is unnecessary to prevent escape or resistance. It makes no difference because the importance of the moment lies elsewhere. The symbolism in handcuffing initiates the continuum in confinement at the same time that the image of it satisfies retributive alignments. This is all most people see of incarceration. The chapter shows that handcuffing represents the basic element in all of punishment: it visualizes one's helplessness in the hands of others.

Keywords:   confinements, handcuffing, handcuffs, incarceration, punishment, helplessness, mental well-being

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