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Abolition Democracy: Beyond Prisons, Torture, and Empire Interviews with Angela Y. Davisby Angela Y. Davis
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Revelations about U.S policies and practices of torture and abuse have captured headlines ever since the breaking of the Abu Ghraib prison story in April 2004. Since then, a debate has raged regarding what is and what is not acceptable behavior for the worlds leading democracy. It is within this context that Angela Davis, one of Americas most remarkable political figures, gave a series of interviews to discuss resistance and law, institutional sexual coercion, politics and prison. Davis talks about her own incarceration, as well as her experiences as "enemy of the state," and about having been put on the FBIs "most wanted" list. She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the case of many other political prisoners.
Throughout these interviews, Davis returns to her critique of a democracy that has been compromised by its racist origins and institutions. Discussing the most recent disclosures about the disavowed "chain of command," and the formal reports by the Red Cross and Human Rights Watch denouncing U.S. violation of human rights and the laws of war in Guantánamo, Afghanistan and Iraq, Davis focuses on the underpinnings of prison regimes in the United States.
Book News Annotation:
Scholar and activist Davis (history of consciousness, U. of California at Santa Cruz), best known for her work on racism, feminism, and the prison-industrial complex, provides her thoughts regarding both ongoing concerns and her reactions to recent issues such as the revelations of US torture policies in Guantanamo, Afghanistan, and Iraq in a series of interviews. The discussion is framed by the overarching concept of "abolition democracy," used by W.E.B. Du Bois in Black Reconstruction to refer to the need to achieve positive abolition by incorporating black people democratically in to the social order and updated by Davis to refer to those social institutions that can lead to the abolition of the prison system and the death penalty. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
America's most recognized commentator on prison-related repression delves into the underpinnings of the Abu Ghraib scandal.
Since the Abu Gharib scandal, African-American intellectual Angela Davis has given interviews discussing resistance and law, institutional sexual coercion, politics and prison. In this collection, Davis talks about her own incarceration, as well as her experiences as "enemy of the state."
About the Author
ANGELA YVONNE DAVIS is a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Over the last thirty years, she has been active in numerous organizations challenging prison-related repression. Her advocacy on behalf of political prisoners led to three capital charges, sixteen months in jail awaiting trial, and a highly publicized campaign then acquittal in 1972. In 1973, the National Committee to Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, along with the Attica Brothers, the American Indian Movement and other organizations founded The National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, of which she remained co-chairperson for many years.
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