Captivity Beyond Prisons: Criminalization Experiences of by Martha D. Escobar

By Martha D. Escobar

This present day the USA leads the area in incarceration charges. the rustic more and more is determined by the legal process as a “fix” for the rules of societal matters. Captivity past Prisons is the 1st full-length e-book to explicitly hyperlink prisons and incarceration to the criminalization of Latina (im)migrants.

Starting within the Nineties, the USA observed large enlargement within the variety of imprisoned (im)migrants, particularly Latinas/os. for this reason, there has been additionally a rise within the variety of deportations. as well as regulating society, prisons additionally function a reproductive keep watch over technique, either in fighting girl inmates from having young children and by means of keeping apart them from their households. With a watch to racialized and gendered applied sciences of strength, Escobar argues that incarcerated Latinas are in particular depicted as socially irrecuperable simply because they aren't thought of worthwhile in the neoliberal hard work industry. This conception affects how they're criminalized, which isn't restricted to incarceration but additionally extends to and impacts Latina (im)migrants’ daily lives. Escobar additionally explores the connection among the immigrant rights stream and the legal abolition flow, scrutinizing a number of social associations engaged on suggestions to social difficulties that result in imprisonment.

Accessible to either lecturers and people within the justice and social carrier sectors, Escobar’s booklet pushes readers to think about how, even in radical areas, unequal energy kin should be reproduced through the very entities that try and undo them.

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Citizens can make claims on the state that non-citizens, particularly undocumented (im)migrants, cannot.

I continue the discussion by considering how part of this racial reordering depended on cultural constructions of Black motherhood as undeserving through the rhetoric of state dependency (Collins 2000, 86–88; Gilens 2000; Roberts 1997; Seccombe 2010), which was ideologically merged with criminality (Collins 2000, 87). This merging, in turn, gets re-mapped onto (im)migrant women’s bodies, especially during the 1990s. These transformations took place with the neoliberal shift of the early 1970s, which signaled changes in labor relations in the United States.

It follows the narrative of (im)migration and assumes the possible inclusion of African-marked bodies into the United States. The term “Black,” however, is rooted in the social movements of the late 1960s and 1970s and was embraced and deployed not only to note pride in a particular history and heritage, but also to indicate the relationship between Blacks and the United States for what it is: a racialized relationship of power. Therefore, continuing the work of displacing the linear narrative of (im)migration and explicitly noting the ways that society is racially organized, I use the term “Black” throughout this study.

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