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Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Y. Davis

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flamingtashhh's review

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5.0

I mean, it’s a classic for a reason. Often cited and never replicated, Davis’ work just had me unraveling question after question. I feel like a lot of the material that she covered is material I’m familiar with at this point, but because her work has been cited so often. 

Some things I’d like to explore more following this book:
1. The colonization of the land by prisons. What effect on the environment and our connection to it does the logic and PHYSICAL fact of prisons have? 
2. Racial capitalism and borders. How does the global migration of labor impact prisons? What similarities does this share with the Atlantic Slave Trade? 
3. Gender-making and prisons. What does the logic of prison reform do to our notions of gender? How is this related to colonial notions of gender and citizenship? 
4. Punishment and violence, specifically an expansion of the idea that domestic and sexual violence is the basis of punishment in women’s prisons. 

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nickshutter's review against another edition

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mia7's review

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4.0


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jehansflowers's review against another edition

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i dont really feel comfortable giving this book a star rating, but it was absolutely brilliant. its incredibly well written and very informative. she fits a lot of information into a small book with accessible writing. she makes a shit ton of brilliant points, with heaps of research, evidence, and experience, and both puts into words concepts that i could never accurately express, and shares multifaceted and very intelligent points that i never would have thought of myself. all in all, highly recommend for people who have been involved with abolition for decades, baby leftists, or for anyone you're trying to radicalize

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daydreamermoonwalker's review against another edition

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4.5

Very informative, it really made me rethink the way our entire justice system is set up. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to learn more about prison abolition, or just the US prison system in general. 

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