Despite the number of people held at this very moment inside prisons, detention centers, black sites, reformatories, stockades, refugee camps, and even the hulls of ships, there has been surprisingly little self-consciousness about the analytical power of captivity in social thought. This essay foregrounds such a conversation across such varying fields as global prison studies, the history of slavery, and the sociology of debt to provoke a common political project that can extend beyond the limits of the case study.
Captivity: A Provocation
Kevin Lewis O’Neill is a professor in the Department for the Study of Religion and the director of the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto. The author of City of God (2010) and Secure the Soul (2015), he is completing a book about Pentecostal drug rehabilitation centers titled “Hunted.”
Jatin Dua is an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on maritime piracy along the East African coast. His current book project explores piracy within frameworks of protection, risk, and regulation by moving between the worlds of coastal communities in northern Somalia, maritime insurance adjusters in London, and the global shipping industry.
Kevin Lewis O’Neill, Jatin Dua; Captivity: A Provocation. Public Culture 1 January 2018; 30 (1): 3–18. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08992363-4189131
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