Abolition geography : essays towards liberation / Ruth Wilson Gilmore ; edited by Brenna Bhandar and Alberto Toscano.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson, 1950- [Browse]
  • London ; Brooklyn, New York : Verso, 2022.
  • ©2022
vi, 506 pages ; 25 cm


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Essays [Browse]
Summary note
  • "The first collection of writings from one of the foremost contemporary critical thinkers on racism, geography and incarceration."-- Provided by publisher.
  • "Gathering together Ruth Wilson Gilmore's work from over three decades, Abolition Geography presents her singular contribution to the politics of abolition as theorist, researcher, and organizer, offering scholars and activists ways of seeing and doing to help navigate our turbulent present. Abolition Geography moves us away from explanations of mass incarceration and racist violence focused on uninterrupted histories of prejudice or the dull compulsion of neoliberal economics. Instead, Gilmore offers a geographical grasp of how contemporary racial capitalism operates through an 'anti-state state' that answers crises with the organized abandonment of people and environments deemed surplus to requirement. Gilmore escapes one-dimensional conceptions of what liberation demands, who demands liberation, or what indeed is to be abolished. Drawing on the lessons of grassroots organizing and internationalist imaginaries, Abolition Geography undoes the identification of abolition with mere decarceration, and reminds us that freedom is not a mere principle but a place."--Verso Books product page.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Original sources -- Editor's introduction. -- Part I: What is to be done?: 1. What is to be done? -- 2. Decorative beasts : dogging the academy in the late 20th century -- 3. Public enemies and private intellectuals : apartheid USA -- 4. Scholar-activists in the mix. --
  • Part II: Race and space: 5. Race and globalization -- 6. Fatal couplings of power and difference : notes on racism and geography -- 7. Terror austerity race gender excess theater -- 8. Race, prisons, and war : scenes from the history of US violence. --
  • Part III: Prisons, militarism, and the anti-state state: 9. Globalization and US prison growth : from military Keynesianism to post-Keynesian militarism -- 10. In the shadow of the shadow state -- 11. The other California (w/ Craig Gilmore) -- 12. Restating the obvious (w/ Craig Gilmore) -- 13. Beyond Bratton (w/ Craig Gilmore) -- 14. From military-industrial complex to prison-industrial complex : an interview with Trevor Paglen -- 15. Prisons and class warfare : an interview with Clement Petitjean/Période. --
  • Part IV: Organizing for abolition: 16. You have dislodged a boulder : mothers and prisoners in the post-Keynesian California landscape -- 17. Forgotten places and the seeds of grassroots planning -- 18. The worrying state of the anti-prison movement -- 19. Race, capitalist crisis, and abolitionist organizing : an interview with Jenna Loyd -- 20. Abolition geography and the problem of innocence. -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
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  • 1839761709 (hardcover)
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