"How America Disguises its Violence: Colonialism, Mass Incarceration, and the Need for Resistant Imagination"

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 2019 (5):1-20 (2019)
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Abstract

This paper examines how a delusive social imaginary of criminal-justice has underpinned contemporary U.S. mass incarceration and encouraged widespread indifference to its violence. I trace the complicity of this criminal-justice imaginary with state-organized violence by comparing it to an imaginary that supported colonial violence. I conclude by discussing how those of us outside of prison can begin to resist the entrenched images and institutions of mass incarceration by engaging the work and imagining the perspective of incarcerated people.

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Shari Stone-Mediatore
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Prison as a Torturous Institution.Jessica Wolfendale - 2020 - Res Philosophica 97 (2):297-324.

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