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Sociology 447 Carceral Feminisms: Race, Gender, and State Violence

Winter 2019

Primary text: Richie, Beth. 2012. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

Richie 2012. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and American's Prison Nation.

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Course introduction

READINGS:

Review course syllabus

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What are carceral feminisms?

1.  Richie, Beth. 2012. "Introduction," p. 1-22. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

2. Kim, Mimi E. 2018. “From Carceral Feminism to Transformative Justice: Women-of-Color Feminism and Alternatives to Incarceration.” Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work 27(3):219–33.

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The Problem of Male Violence Against Black women & Women of COlor

 

1.  Richie, Beth. 2012. "Chapter 2: The Problem of Male Violence against Black Women," p. 22-65. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

2 .  Davis, Angela Y. 2003. "How Gender Structures the Prison System," p. 60-83. Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press.

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Carceral Feminist Movements

READING

1. Richie, Beth. 2012. "How We Won the Mainstream but Lost the Movement," p. 65-98. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

2. Whalley, Elizabeth and Colleen Hackett. 2017. “Carceral Feminisms: The Abolitionist Project and Undoing Dominant Feminisms.” Contemporary Justice Review 20(4):456–73.

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CARCERAL SYSTEM(S): The Prison Nation and Prison Regime

1. Richie, Beth. 2012. "Black Women, Male Violence, and the Buildup of a Prison Nation," p. 99-124. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

2. Rodríguez, Dylan. 2006. "Chapter 1: Domestic War Zones and the Extremities of Power: Conceptualizing the U.S. Prison Regime," p. 39-74. Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

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The Matrix

1. Richie, Beth. 2012. "The Matrix: A Black Feminist Response to Male Violence and the State," p. 99-124. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

2. Richie, Beth. 2012. "Conclusion," p. 157-166. Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America's Prison Nation. New York: NYU Press.

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READING WEEK

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Carceral Feminisms in Film

1. Sutherland, Jean-Anne and Kathryn Feltey. 2013. “Introduction.” Pp. 1–23 in Cinematic Sociology: Social Life in Film. Los Angeles: SAGE.

2. Sandlin, Jennifer and Nathan Snaza. 2018. “‘It’s Called a Hustle, Sweetheart’: Black Lives Matter, the Police State, and the Politics of Colonizing Anger in Zootopia.” The Journal of Popular Culture 51(5):1190–1213.

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#metoo

1. Law, Victoria. 2018. “How Can We Reconcile Prison Abolition With #MeToo?” Filter. Retrieved December 29, 2018 (https://filtermag.org/2018/09/25/how-can-we-reconcile-prison-abolition-with-metoo/).

2. Richie, Beth E. 2015. “Reimagining the Movement to End Gender Violence: Anti-Racism, Prison Abolition, Women of Color Feminisms, and Other Radical Visions of Justice (Transcript).” University of Miami Race and Social Justice Law Review 5(2):18.

3. Mack, Ashley Noel and Bryan J. McCann. 2018. “Critiquing State and Gendered Violence in the Age of #MeToo.” Quarterly Journal of Speech 104(3):329–44.

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Visions of abolition

1. Davis, Angela Y. 2003. "Introduction-Prison Reform or Prison Abolition?" Are Prisons Obsolete? New York: Seven Stories Press. 9-22 (13)

2. Bassichis, Morgan, Alexander Lee, and Dean Spade. 2011. "Building an Abolitionist Trans and Queer Movement with Everything We've Got." In Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, edited by Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith, 15-40. New York: AK Press.

3. Ben-Moshe, Liat. 2018. “Dis-Epistemologies of Abolition.” Critical Criminology 26(3):341–55.

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"If You have come here to help me, you are wasting our time."

1. Rodríguez, Dylan. "The Political Logic of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex," pp 21-40. The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex. Cambridge: South End Press.

2. Pate, Kim. 2008. "A Canadian Journey into Abolition," pp. 77-85 in Abolition Now! Ten Years of Strategy and Struggle Against the Prison Industrial Complex. Oakland: AK Press.

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groupwork

Meet with your group to finalize your projects

4/1

Resistance PRoject

Cultural Artifact: 4/1

Paper: 4/4