No More Prisons: Reflections from the De-Institutionalization Movement
Anthony J. Nocella II and Mechthild Nagel
Table of Contents
Introduction – The Multi-Prison Industrial Complex
Mechthild Nagel, and Anthony J. Nocella, II
1. The Rise of the Terrorization of Dissent: Critical Criminology, Stigmatization as a Prison, and Responding to Political Repression
Anthony Nocella II
2. “We don’t want your kid in our school”: Personal Encounters from the Intersection of Schools and Prisons
3. Imprisoning Nature
4. From Behind Bars: Social control and incarceration of humans and nonhumans
5. “The Renaissance of Slavery: Blackness, White Supremacy, and the Criminalization of Culture”
Ernesto Aguilar and Melissa Chiprin
6. Imprisoning Non-U.S. Citizens: The Consequences of the War on Terror and the Massive Detention of Immigrants
7. Reservations as Prisons
8. Prison abolition and deinstitutionalization: Learning from the Past, Lessons for the Future
9. Imprisoning Sex Violators
Dennis J. Stevens
10. Imprisoning LGBTQ People
11. Thoughts from an Elder Abolitionist
Tiyo Attallah Salah-El
12. The Scales of Injustice: Patriarchal Ideologies and Women’s Domestication
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “NO MORE PRISONS”
No More Prisons is not your average prison abolition book. Rather, it challenges the very idea of what a prison is as it exposes the ways in which all in industrial Western-colonial culture reside in one prison or another. Most significantly, it challenges the concept of who is incarcerated, expanding that idea beyond human animals to include nonhumans and plant life as well. This is a timely book that anyone should read who is concerned with new methods of exposing, challenging and subverting domination.
– Dr. Kim Socha, author of Women, Destruction and the Avant-Garde: A Paradigm for Animal Liberation
This book dramatically raises the stakes in terms of what counts as prisons, who comprise the incarcerated, and what needs to be done to bring an end to prisons. This powerful and path breaking treatise will help to redefine the prison abolition movement and chart an urgent course for revolutionary transformation.
– Dr. Peter McLaren, Professor, Critical Studies in Education, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
No More Prisons is an outstanding book that asks the reader to rethink how all forms of life, human or nonhuman, are locked in prisons and how this confinement is resisted. No More Prisons is an excellent critique of the affects of institutions such as schools, jails, nursing homes, daycares, marriage, national parks, and zoos.
– Sarat Colling, Editor and Founder of Political Media Review
No More Prisons takes a radical and imaginative approach to the abolition of prisons. It moves beyond the prison industrial complex to an inter-sectional critique of all oppressive institutions. It argues that “the prison” is not just a physical architecture, but a vicious, unjust approach to social life. This book is thus a call to action. Read it, discuss it, and use it to change the world!
– Jason Del Gandio, Ph.D. author of Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Activists
Confronting captivity suggests strong acts of willing and thinking and doing. All three endeavors are thoughtfully and creatively embodied in No More Prisons as its editors and contributors forge intersecting and complimentary paths towards freedoms.
– Joy James, Presidential Professor of the Humanities, Williams College
No More Prisons serves as a wake- up call for many and a pedagogical tool for those interested in teaching to liberate people from the oppressive ways of the Empire in the context of the prison-industrial complex. This book is a must read for anyone concerned about social justice.
– Dr. Tony Kashani, author of Lost in Media: The Ethics of Everyday Life
No More Prisons: Reflections from the De-Institutionalization Movement makes an outstanding contribution to the existing literature. It is timely, critical, and scholarly in all the right places and will prove essential reading for a wide multi-disciplinary audience situated both within and beyond the academy.
Dr. Richard J. White, Editor, Journal for Critical Animal Studies
No More Prisons takes aim at the intersecting forms of juridical, cultural, and socioeconomic power that organize and justify the biopolitics of oppression. In pushing readers to reconceptualize and confront the cartography of carceral spaces in which this power is rendered both visible and unseen, Nocella and Nagel remind us that while life is being increasingly penned in and blocked off, every lock has a key and every wall a crack.
– Zack Furness, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at Columbia College Chicago and editor of Punkademics
This book takes a critical look at social justice. It forces us to ask ourselves ‘what constitutes imprisonment and what role do we play in imprisoning ourselves and others’. The book directs us to think about, our responsibility in respecting all elements of life and impact of everything and people we encounter.
– Dr. Donald Easton-Brooks, Associate Dean of Education, Hamline University
A great addition to the ongoing critique of our justice system, asking questions too often ignored and providing unique new perspectives that force the reader to rethink our notions of what is right and wrong.
– Dr. Rich Van Heertum, Lecturer, Art Institute of California in Hollywood