This special issue aims to provide a cartography of some of the forms of social suffering experienced by marginalized and oppressed populations in the US carceral state. The contributors extend their gaze beyond the prison and its ancillary institutions to include spaces of confinement produced at the crossroads of racialized carceral regimes, hyper-policed neighborhoods, and widening zones of social abandonment.
Ethnographic Explorations of Punishment and the Governance of Security
edited by Robert Werth
This special issue highlights the growth of ethnographic examinations of penal governance, emphasizing the possibilities of ethnography as a methodology for studying penality. By analyzing phenomena as varied as pre-trial incarceration, parole and reentry, female incarceration, immigrant detention, and mental health courts, these articles explore the diffusion of penality throughout society and its entanglements with other sociocultural, political, and economic forces.
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Articles on realism and idealism in critical criminology, solitary confinement in California, torture and abuse in US prisons, sovereignty and LGBT refugees, and asylum seekers in Ireland.
Articles on global capitalism and education, stop-and-frisk, Indigenous people and restorative justice, compulsory welfare measures, and higher education on prison.
Articles on neoliberalism and homelessness, death in prison, settler colonialism and Indigenous resistance, policing the police, and due process and privilege.
Articles on prisoner reentry, judicial override in capital cases, self-determination for African descendants in Brazil, reintegrating deported migrants in Jamaica, the global war on drugs, and the Chilean New Song movement.
Mexican and Chicanx Social Movements
edited by Maylei Blackwell & Edward J. McCaughan
This double issue brings together the work of scholars and activists from Mexico and the United States, including indigenous women and queer activists, to discuss current trends in the scholarship and practices of Mexican and Chicanx social movements.
Editors’ Introduction [free pdf download]
Beyond Mass Incarceration:
Crisis and Critique in North American Penal Systems
edited by Alessandro De Giorgi
After decades of vertical increases in imprisonment rates, the US carceral system is in a state of structural crisis. This issue analyzes the carceral field in the US and Canada to decode current trends and anticipate future developments.
Editor’s Introduction [free pdf download]
UPCOMING SPECIAL ISSUES
• Punishment and History
• Penal Abolition
FROM THE EDITORS
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