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Abolition Democracy: Prisons, Democracy, and Empire

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“Professor Angela Y. Davis is an unstoppable force of nature.”—The Portland Alliance

Revelations about US 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 world’s leading democracy. It is within this context that African American intellectual Angela Davis gave a series of interviews to discuss resistance and law, institutional sexual coercion, politics, and prison. Davis talks about her own incarceration, her experiences as an “enemy of the state,” and about having been put on the FBI’s most wanted list. She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the cases of many other political prisoners.

Throughout these interviews, Angela 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 US 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.

Angela Yvonne Davis is a professor of history of consciousness at the University of California Santa Cruz. Over the last 30 years, she has been active in numerous organizations challenging prison-related repression. Her advocacy on behalf of political prisoners led to three capital charges, 16 months in jail awaiting trial, and a highly publicized campaign, then acquittal, in 1972. Her books include Are Prisons Obsolete?; Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday; and forthcoming from Random House, Prisons and Democracy.

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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 world's leading democracy. It is within this context that Angela Davis, one of America's 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 FBI's most wanted list. She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the case of many other political prisoners.

Table of Contents

Politics and prisons — Sexual coercion, prisons, and feminist responses — Abolition democracy — Resistance, law and language.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609801038
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
History : United States - 20th Century
Author:
Davis, Angela Y.
Author:
Davis, Angela Yvonne
Subject:
Political Science : Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Social Science : Criminology
Subject:
Political Science : Political Freedom & Security - Human Rig
Subject:
Political Science : Public Policy - Social Policy
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
History
Subject:
Race relations
Subject:
United States Race relations.
Subject:
African Americans - Civil rights - History -
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
African American Studies-General
Subject:
Sociology-Crime
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Law : Criminal Law - Sentencing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
July 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
160

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
History and Social Science » Law » Criminal Law » Sentencing
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » Politics » Human Rights
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , 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 world's leading democracy. It is within this context that Angela Davis, one of America's 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 FBI's most wanted list. She talks about the crucial role that international activism played in her case and the case of many other political prisoners.
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