Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

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2011 
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Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming andqueer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prisonindustrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanleyand Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists,and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender,ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection arguesthat trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimeslegislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and farbeyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle."An exciting assemblage of writings--analyses, manifestos, stories,interviews--that traverse the complicated entanglements of surveillance, policing, imprisonment, and the production of gender normativity....[T]he contributors to this volume create new frameworks and newvocabularies that surely will have a transformative impact on thetheories and practices of twenty-first century abolition."--Angela Y. Davis, professor emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz"The purpose of prison abolition is to discover and promote the countlessways freedom and difference are mutually dependent. The contributors toCaptive Genders brilliantly shatter the assumption that the antidote todanger is human sacrifice."--Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California"Captive Genders is at once a scathing and necessary analysis of the prison industrialcomplex and a history of queer resistance to state tyranny. By queering a prison abolition analysis, Captive Genders moves us to imagine theimpossible dream of liberation."--Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly - from Amzon 
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