The article is a discussion of the unforeseen effects of policies that Florida’s Department of Corrections has enacted over the past thirty years, specifically those concerning inmate movements to, inside, and from the institutional dining areas. It addresses the erosion of social norms among the incarcerated population as external rules have replaced informal social contracts, and the ways that prison administrators have exploited racial tensions to maintain control. The incarcerated author hopes to add an autoethnographic voice to the discussion in the literature of power dynamics in the third-largest prison system in the world.
Uncontrolled Movements: An Overview of Abdicated Control in Florida’s Prison Food Spaces
John Daimoku Kingham is a Florida native and a student in Stetson University’s Community Education Project. He is interested in food studies and prison abolition. He is also a keyboardist, poet, and Zen practitioner, and is currently researching the resonances between the FDOC’s inmate handbook and Florida’s Black Codes.
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John Daimoku Kingham; Uncontrolled Movements: An Overview of Abdicated Control in Florida’s Prison Food Spaces. Gastronomica 1 November 2021; 21 (4): 1–8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2021.21.4.1
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