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Prison media work: from manual labor to the work of being tracked
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5879-2130
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Media and Communication Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5247-8212
2020 (English)In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 42, no 7-8, p. 1277-1292Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Incarcerated individuals have long contributed to crucial societal infrastructures. Frombeing leased work force building the railway in the United States to constructing canalsystems in Sweden, prisoners’ labor has been widespread as an important part ofvalue production. Part of the labor conducted by incarcerated people is related tothe production, repair, and maintenance of media devices and media infrastructuresconstituting what we call prison media work. In this article, we trace the changinglogics of prison media work historically since the inception of the modern prison at theturn of the 20th century. Based on archival material, interviews, and field observations,we outline a shift from physical manual labor toward the work of being tracked thatis constitutive of surveillance capitalism in- and outside of the prison. We argue thatprison media work holds an ambiguous position combining elements of exploitationand rehabilitation, but most importantly it is a dystopian magnifying glass of media workunder surveillance capitalism.

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Sage Publications, 2020. Vol. 42, no 7-8, p. 1277-1292
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cheap labor, heterotopia, marginalized media workers, media work, prisons, surveillance capitalism, Sweden
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40253DOI: 10.1177/0163443719899809ISI: 000517314600001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85082565865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40253DiVA, id: diva2:1395453
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