Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice explores the intersections of the carceral in projects of oppression, while at the same time providing intellectual, pragmatic, and undetermined paths toward abolition. Prison abolition is at once about the institution of the prison, and a broad, intersectional political project calling for the end of the social structured by settler colonialism, anti-black racism, and related oppressions. Beyond this, prison abolition is a constructive project that imagines and strives for a transformed world in which justice is not equated with punishment, and accountability is not equated with caging.
Composed of sixteen chapters by an international team of scholars and activists, with a Foreword by Perry Zurn and an Afterword by Justin Piché, the book is divided into four themes:
Prisons and Racism
Prisons and Settler Colonialism
This book will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate students, activists, and scholars working in the areas of Critical Prison Studies, Critical Criminology, Native Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Black Studies, Critical Race Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Animal Studies, with particular chapters being of interest to scholars and students in other fields, such as, Feminist Legal Studies, Animal Law, Critical Disability Studies, Queer Theory, and Transnational Feminisms.
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Kelly Struthers Montford is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, situated on Treaty 13 territory, and the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.
Chloë Taylor is Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional gathering place for diverse Indigenous peoples including the Cree, Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Iroquois, Dene, Ojibway/ Saulteaux/Anishinaabe, and Inuit.
Forward by Perry Zurn, "Abolition is a Kite-Idea"
Introduction by Kelly Struthers Montford and Chloë Taylor: "Doing abolition"
Part One: Prisons and Racism
1.Fernando Avila and Jessica Bundy, "Prison abolitionism and critical race theory"
2.Sarah Turnbull, "Racial innocence, liberal reformism, and immigration detention: Toward a politics of abolition"
3.Megan Gaucher and Alexa DeGagne, "The thin blue line between protection and persecution: Policing LGBTQ2S refugees in Canada"
4.Erica Meiners, Liat Ben-Moshe, and Nirmala Erevelles, "Abolishing innocence: Disrupting the racist/ableist pathologies of childhood"
Part Two: Prisons and Settler Colonialism
5.Sol Neely, "Aan Yátx'u Sáani! Decolonial Meditations on Building Abolition"
6.Lisa Guenther, "Settler colonialism, incarceration, and the abolitionist imperative: Lessons from an Australian Youth Detention Centre"
7.Danielle Bird, "Settler colonialism, anti-colonial theory, and 'Indigenized' prisons for Indigenous women"
8.Isabel Scheuneman Scott, Fran Chaisson, and Bobbie Kidd's "'The women that died in there, that's all I could think of': The P4W Memorial Collective and Garden Initiative"
Part Three: Anti-Carceral Feminisms
9.Debra Parkes, "Starting with life: Murder sentencing and feminist prison abolitionist praxis"
10.Dawn Moore and Vared Ben-David, "Looking from North West to South East: Feminist carceralism, gender equality and global responses to gender based violence"
11.Jennifer Kilty and Katarina Bogosavljevic, "Remembering Carol Smart: Tensions between feminism, victims' rights and abolitionism"
12.Andrew Dilts, "Carceral enjoyments and killjoying the social life of social death"
Part Four: Multispecies Carceralities
13.Kelly Struthers Montford and Eva Kasprzycka, "Carceral enjoyments of animal protection"
14.Paula Cepeda Gallo and Chloë Taylor, "Carceral canines: Racial terror and animal abuse from slave hounds to police dogs"
15.Lauren Corman, "Trauma as a möbius strip: PTSD, animal research, and the Oak Ridge Prisoner Experiments"
16.Calvin Smiley, "Coexistence as resistance: Human and non-human animals in carceral settings"
Afterword: Justin Piché, "Building Abolition in Pandemic Times"