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Racism/Colonial Control/Prisons

Books and Articles

Bhattacharjee, Anannya and Silliman (eds) (see also Women and Prisons). Policing the National Body: Race, Gender, and Criminalization. South End Press, 2002.
  This powerful collection of writings from the perspective of women of color deals with the difficulties of survival in the face of increasing criminalization, aggressive law enforcement, welfare “reform” and draconian immigration policies.
Chinosole, ed. (see also Political Prisoners). Schooling the Generations in the Politics of Prison, 2d ed. Afrikan/Black Prison Education Fund, 1997.
  Contributors include Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, Sundiata Acoli, Ramona Africa, Erskine Johnson, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Yvonne Johns, Karen Johnson and others. Text of first edition available on the web at
Chigwada-Bailey, Ruth (see also Women and Prisons and Prisons International). Black Women’s Experiences of the Criminal Justice: A Discourse on Disadvantage. Waterside Press, 1997.
  This book exposes the systematic disadvantages experienced by black women due to the intersecting forces of race, gender and class. The author’s research in based on life experience interviews with African-Caribbean women in Britain that explores their relationship with various factions of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, probation, mental health institutions, court and prisons.
Diaz-Cotto, Juanita. Gender, Ethnicity and the State: Latina and Latino Prison Politics. SUNY Series in New Directions in Crime and Justice Studies, 1996.
  This book argues that the threat of and extensive imprisonment of Latinos is utilized by the state to control the Latino community, suppress activism, and quell discontent inside and outside of prison.
Garland, David (see also The Prison System). The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in the Contemporary Society. University of Chicago Press, 2001.
  This book connects the over-reliance on incarceration, the routinization of capital punishment, the “penal mesh” throughout society, with the market polices and neoconservative that dominate the US and UK.
James, Joy, ed. (see also The Prison System). States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons. St. Martin’s Press, 2000.
  This book explores the economic and racial biases underlying policing and incarceration in the United States. Contained essays are divided into five categories: Executions, Blacks and Criminal Justice, Gender, Sexuality and Confinement, Policing, and Political Repression and Resistance. Contributors include Angela Davis, Manning Marable, Luana Ross, Julie Su, and Judi Bari.
Reed, Little Rock, ed. The American Indian in the White Man's Prisons: A Story of Genocide. UnCompromising Books, 1993.
  A collective statement by Native American prisoners, former prisoners and spiritual leaders of North America.
Richie, Beth E. (see also Women and Prisons). Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered Black Women. Routledge Press, 1996.
  Stories of battered African-American women incarcerated in New York City.
Ross, Luana. Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality. University of Texas Press, 1997.

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