Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy

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Joy James
Duke University Press, 20 iul. 2007 - 351 pagini
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The United States has more than two million people locked away in federal, state, and local prisons. Although most of the U.S. population is non-Hispanic and white, the vast majority of the incarcerated—and policed—is not. In this compelling collection, scholars, activists, and current and former prisoners examine the sensibilities that enable a penal democracy to thrive. Some pieces are new to this volume; others are classic critiques of U.S. state power. Through biography, diary entries, and criticism, the contributors collectively assert that the United States wages war against enemies abroad and against its own people at home.

Contributors consider the interning or policing of citizens of color, the activism of radicals, structural racism, destruction and death in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and the FBI Counterintelligence Program designed to quash domestic dissent. Among the first-person accounts are an interview with Dhoruba Bin Wahad, a Black Panther and former political prisoner; a portrayal of life in prison by a Plowshares nun jailed for her antinuclear and antiwar activism; a discussion of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement by one of its members, now serving a seventy-year prison sentence for sedition; and an excerpt from a 1970 letter by the Black Panther George Jackson chronicling the abuses of inmates in California’s Soledad Prison. Warfare in the American Homeland also includes the first English translation of an excerpt from a pamphlet by Michel Foucault and others. They argue that the 1971 shooting of George Jackson by prison guards was a murder premeditated in response to human-rights and justice organizing by black and brown prisoners and their supporters.

Contributors. Hishaam Aidi, Dhoruba Bin Wahad (Richard Moore), Marilyn Buck, Marshall Eddie Conway, Susie Day, Daniel Defert, Madeleine Dwertman, Michel Foucault, Carol Gilbert, Sirène Harb, Rose Heyer, George Jackson, Joy James, Manning Marable, William F. Pinar, Oscar Lòpez Rivera, Dylan Rodríguez, Jared Sexton, Catherine vön Bulow, Laura Whitehorn, Frank B. Wilderson III

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Cuprins

The Prison Slave as Hegemonys Silent Scandel
13
Forced Passages Dylan Rodriguez
25
Sorrow The Good Soldier and the Good Woman
48
War Within A Prison Interview
66
Domestic Warfare A Dialogue Marshall Eddie Conway
88
Soledad Brother and Blood in My Eye Excerpts
112
The Masked Assassination Michel Foucault
130
A Century of Colonialism One Hundred Years of Puerto Rican Resistance Oscar Lopez Rivera
151
The Effects of Repression on Women in Prison Marilyn Buck
228
Renderings from the Eternal Now Carol
240
Resisting the Ordinary
245
Cultures of Torture
262
Katrinas Unnatural Disaster A Tragedy of Black Suffering and White Denial Manning Marabie
277
Bibliography
287
Contributors
305
Permissions
309

Racial Profiling and the Societies of Control Jared Sexton
187
Jihadis in the Hood Race Urban Islam and the War on Terror Hishaam Aidi
209
Index
311
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Despre autor (2007)

Joy James is John B. and John T. McCoy Presidential Professor of Africana Studies and College Professor in Political Science at Williams College. She is the author of Shadowboxing: Representations of Black Feminist Politics and Resisting State Violence: Radicalism, Gender, and Race in U.S. Culture and the editor of The New Abolitionists: (Neo)Slave Narratives and Contemporary Prison Writings and Imprisoned Intellectuals: America's Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion.

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