Prison And Social Death
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📒Prison And Social Death ✍ Joshua M. Price
✏Prison and Social Death Book Summary : The United States imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in the world. To be sentenced to prison is to face systematic violence, humiliation, and, perhaps worst of all, separation from family and community. It is, to borrow Orlando Patterson’s term for the utter isolation of slavery, to suffer “social death.” In Prison and Social Death, Joshua Price exposes the unexamined cost that prisoners pay while incarcerated and after release, drawing upon hundreds of often harrowing interviews conducted with people in prison, parolees, and their families. Price argues that the prison separates prisoners from desperately needed communities of support from parents, spouses, and children. Moreover, this isolation of people in prison renders them highly vulnerable to other forms of violence, including sexual violence. Price stresses that the violence they face goes beyond physical abuse by prison guards and it involves institutionalized forms of mistreatment, ranging from abysmally poor health care to routine practices that are arguably abusive, such as pat-downs, cavity searches, and the shackling of pregnant women. And social death does not end with prison. The condition is permanent, following people after they are released from prison. Finding housing, employment, receiving social welfare benefits, and regaining voting rights are all hindered by various legal and other hurdles. The mechanisms of social death, Price shows, are also informal and cultural. Ex-prisoners face numerous forms of distrust and are permanently stigmatized by other citizens around them. A compelling blend of solidarity, civil rights activism, and social research, Prison and Social Death offers a unique look at the American prison and the excessive and unnecessary damage it inflicts on prisoners and parolees.
✏Captivity and Agency Writing to Combat Social Death in Harriet Jacobs s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Prison Narratives Book Summary : Until recently, scholarship around Harriet Jacobs's 1861 slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself has largely focused on the text as an important and previously absent account of the experience of slavery from the female perspective. This paper incorporates Orlando Patterson's conception of "social death" to argue that Harriet Jacobs wrote her 1861 slave narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself from a position of social death and, through her writing, she not only archives her experience of social death within the pages of her narrative, but also combats her disabled position of social death in order to reinscribe herself back into social being. Where other more widely-read slave narratives engage with Patterson's conception of social death, Jacobs's narrative directly targets and combats all three of Patterson's constituent elements of slavery to refute her social non-personhood, which are: extreme coercion, natal alienation, and dishonoring of the slave. This paper concludes with a brief exploration of Susan Burton's memoir to highlight how the slave's non-personhood has been extended to present-day incarcerated and formerly-incarcerated community.
📒Social Death ✍ Lisa Marie Cacho
✏Social Death Book Summary : Winner of the 2013 John Hope Franklin Book Prize presented by the American Studies Association Social Death tackles one of the core paradoxes of social justice struggles and scholarship—that the battle to end oppression shares the moral grammar that structures exploitation and sanctions state violence. Lisa Marie Cacho forcefully argues that the demands for personhood for those who, in the eyes of society, have little value, depend on capitalist and heteropatriarchal measures of worth. With poignant case studies, Cacho illustrates that our very understanding of personhood is premised upon the unchallenged devaluation of criminalized populations of color. Hence, the reliance of rights-based politics on notions of who is and is not a deserving member of society inadvertently replicates the logic that creates and normalizes states of social and literal death. Her understanding of inalienable rights and personhood provides us the much-needed comparative analytical and ethical tools to understand the racialized and nationalized tensions between racial groups. Driven by a radical, relentless critique, Social Death challenges us to imagine a heretofore “unthinkable” politics and ethics that do not rest on neoliberal arguments about worth, but rather emerge from the insurgent experiences of those negated persons who do not live by the norms that determine the productive, patriotic, law abiding, and family-oriented subject.
📒Prisoners Rights ✍ Susan Easton
✏Prisoners Rights Book Summary : Prisoners’ Rights: Principles and Practice considers prisoners’ rights from socio-legal and philosophical perspectives, and assesses the advantages and problems of a rights-based approach to imprisonment. At a time of record levels of imprisonment and projected future expansion of the prison population, this work is timely. The discussion in this book is not confined to a formal legal analysis, although it does include discussion of the developing jurisprudence on prisoners’ rights. It offers a socio-legal rather than a purely black letter approach, and focuses on the experience of imprisonment. It draws on perspectives from a range of disciplines to illuminate how prisoners’ rights operate in practice. The text also contributes to debates on imprisonment and citizenship, the treatment of women prisoners, and social exclusion. This book will be of interest to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of penology and criminal justice, as well as professionals working within the penal system.
📒Beyond Prison ✍ Ahmed Othmani†
✏Beyond Prison Book Summary : "This is an exceptional personal testimony and story of achievement – Ahmed Othmani tells of his own appalling treatment when in detention and how it informed and inspired a lifetime vocation to struggle for the rights of all prisoners everywhere. As the story demonstrates, Othmani is one of those rare individuals who moved from passion and conviction to effective action – he was responsible for the establishment of one of the world's most reliable and mature human rights organizations, in the field of penal reform, Penal Reform International (PRI). His untimely death in Morocco in 2004 deprived the cause of a passionate advocate, but the work goes on." [From the Preface]
📒Manumission ✍ Ralph C. Hamm III
✏Manumission Book Summary : Ralph gives two suggestions for the four pages required for the Xlibris website. The first one is from Lesson 2, Section C in Manumission. The second one is from the synopsis for the book, which I believe is the Introduction. For the time being Ralph is choosing the Synopsis (Introduction) for the Xlibris website. Here they are: 1 From LESSON 2, SECTION C To B.A.N.T.U., and thus to the N.P.R.A., the single conscious force had to arise from partaking in, and understanding, the common ground upon which all of the ethnic groups in the prison stood. The creative collective had to be rooted within our common history. Be it benign or volatile, the truth had to be shared. Connectioncommunication...consciousness. It may have been true that the Irish were the single-most obstacle in the way of peace and unity in the prison, as they were during the cause of the abolition of slavery in the 1800s in this country and state, but it was the purpose of the collective we to reveal to them who was pulling their historical strings... the true anti-abolitionists (i.e., the institution of education, of justice, of government, and the media). We had to pull ourselves away from the inhuman voices of our ancestors, so that we could have a new and constructive dialogue. This dialogue could not be about retribution, revenge, or reparations, because none of us were responsible. This effort had to be one of conscious reconciliation, and recognizing that whether we liked it or not our futures were tied together. We were reclaiming our lives from those who claimed to possess us ...exploiting us by perpetuating our ancestral pasts against our todays and tomorrows. I spent a lot of time during the course of my day speaking with (educating) N.P.R.A. block representatives. I questioned them on the perception of the racial barometer (tension) in their respective cellblocks: Were the prisoners talking to one another more, as opposed to alienating and isolating themselves based upon their ethnicity? How often did the reps notice prisoners reading, and/or discussing our political situation -could they give a number, or gauge a percentage? What was the reps opinion on the impact of the race-relations seminars? Were there any prisoners whom they thought Larry and I should speak with on the matter of race and the importance of N.P.R.A. unity? I also made it a point to frequent the prison visiting room, not simply to troubleshoot (as was every board members responsibility) but to answer any questions posed by visitors regarding the N.P.R.A. political struggle. I saw these impromptu appearances in the visiting room as an opportunity to subtly ask the visitors if they noticed any changes in the demeanor of the prisoner they had come to visit; especially in regard to his impressions on politics, knowledge of history, and concern about race relations in the prison. The N.P.R.A. garnered invaluable information about the awareness of our constituency (and what may need to be improved upon in the way our communication with the prisoner body) utilizing the aforementioned approach -making our jobs as negotiators and instructors much easier; as well as affording us the first impression ability to spread the abolitionist agenda and ideology to the outside community (bypassing garbled media accounts of the struggle). Being a hands-on person, I always liked to follow the adage: if you want something done right, then do it yourself. In this manner, I knew that the job was accomplished to the best of ability, and the results were not being interpreted and relayed to me through a third or fourth party -having lost much in the translation, due to modification of the message and personal impression, in the retelling. One of the tactics that I u
📒From Hunting To Drinking ✍ David McKnight
✏From Hunting to Drinking Book Summary : Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork this is a vital addition to the literature on alcohol use and problem drinking, social change and postcolonialism.From Hunting to Drinking reveals the social change witnessed over a period of 30 years by an anthropologist on Mornington Island, off the North Queensland Coast, Australia, most notably the devastating effects that alcohol has had on this community.
📒Razor Wire Women ✍ Jodie Michelle Lawston
✏Razor Wire Women Book Summary : Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences.
📒Suicides In Prison ✍ Alison Liebling
✏Suicides in Prison Book Summary : First published in 1992. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
📒Warfare In The American Homeland ✍ Joy James
✏Warfare in the American Homeland Book Summary : DIVA collection of writings by prisoners and scholars that documents the extension of the violence and the repression of the prison establishment into the larger society. /div