Utopian Action and Participatory Disputes
Is abolitionism a utopian posture in the face of social events, problems, and their solution? After specifying the type of utopianism implicitly embraced by penal abolitionism, this article traces some key features that constitute the religious, philosophical, and political underpinning of this school of thought. It then discusses how proponents of abolition theory view alternatives to penality, rather than alternative penalities, within the debate around restorative justice.
prison abolitionism–conceptual history
Citation: Social Justice Vol. 41, No. 3 (2014): 89-106