This special issue appraises the role of history in the study of punishment, illuminating its utility and limitations for understanding penal change. What is the role of history in interdisciplinary studies of punishment? How do conceptions of punishment change across time and space? And how does punishment’s impact on inequalities across class, race, gender, and sexuality change (or persist) in different spatio-temporal contexts?
This special issue analyzes the cycle of protests that has swept the globe following the Great Recession of 2008 and the Arab Spring revolts of the early 2010s. By exploring the differences between protests, and in particular between the different forms of repression with which they were met, this issue interrogates more broadly the relationship between the state and social movements and the role of penality as a tool of neoliberal governmentality.
This issue presents a critical exploration of women’s past contributions and future potential in making peace. Adopting a transnational perspective, the contributors highlight the various ways in which women seeking a just peace have organized against militarized patriarchy and its forms of structural violence within and across communities and nation states.
This issue’s focus reflects abolition’s foundational questioning of the material boundaries of capitalist societies—borders, prisons, property—as well as the matériel of those boundaries—barbed wire, cages, fences, walls, and increasingly their electronic manifestations. Whereas some reform efforts aim to tweak the size and content of these boundaries, abolition insists that the boundaries themselves must be dismantled.
Articles on abolition democracy, carceral devolution in NY, policing homelessness in SF, police training and use of force, environmental disasters in Appalachia, wage theft, and colonialism and war on gangs in the UK.
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Confronting the Carceral State
edited by Michael Hallett
This special issue of Social Justice begins with the premise that addressing structural violence is the greatest single challenge to establishing mechanisms of emancipatory justice. Looking beyond the prison walls, contributors identify areas in which new forms of leadership and advocacy may emerge that both articulate alternative visions and overcome the inertia of despair and political intransigence.
Articles on progress and Indigenous dispossession, Detroit’s Great Rebellion, reconciliation in Myanmar, state terrorism in Ethiopia, punishment and the economic field, and intellectuals outside the academy.
This special issue aims to provide a cartography of the 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 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.
UPCOMING SPECIAL ISSUES
• Punishment and History
• Police Power
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