Trans architecture and the prison as archive: 'don’t be a queen and you won’t be arrested'

Sanders, Tait and Gildersleeve, Jessica ORCID: and Halliwell, Sherree and du Plessis, Carol and Clark, Kirsty A. and Hughto, Jaclyn M. W. and Mullens, Amy B. ORCID: and Phillips, Tania M. and Daken, Kirstie ORCID: and Bromdal, Annette ORCID: (2022) Trans architecture and the prison as archive: 'don’t be a queen and you won’t be arrested'. Punishment and Society: the international journal of penology. pp. 1-24. ISSN 1462-4745


Most incarceration settings around the world are governed by strong cisnormative policies, architectures, and social expectations that segregate according to a person's legal gender (i.e. male or female). This paper draws on the lived experiences of 24 formerly incarcerated trans women in Australia and the U.S. to elucidate the way in which the prison functions according to Lucas Crawford's theory of trans architecture, alongside Jacques Derrida's notion of archive fever. The paper displays how the cisnormative archive of the justice system and its architectural constructs impact trans women in men's incarceration settings, including how trans women entering the incarceration setting are able to embody gender in a way that is not reified by the insistences of those normative structures. In light of this, this paper advances a theoretical understanding of the prison as an archive and as an architectural construct, providing a new means of understanding how incarcerated trans persons may use and perform gender to survive carceral violence.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Education (1 Jul 2019 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2022 22:48
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2022 00:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: trans women, incarceration, prison, archive fever, trans architecture
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420602 Health equity
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440202 Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440209 Gender and crime
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440508 Transgender studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230108 Gender and sexualities
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2304 Justice and the law > 230408 Rehabilitation and correctional services
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200204 Health inequalities
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