hits counter Democracia de la abolición: Prisiones, racismo y violencia - Ebook PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

Democracia de la abolición: Prisiones, racismo y violencia

Availability: Ready to download

Durante las últimas décadas, el trabajo intelectual y la actividad política de Angela Davis se han centrado en lo que ella denomina el «abolicionismo de la prisión». Este comprende una triple abolición: la abolición de la pena de muerte; la abolición del complejo industrial-penitenciario, que debe también incluir la abolición de sus componentes militares, como la tortura y Durante las últimas décadas, el trabajo intelectual y la actividad política de Angela Davis se han centrado en lo que ella denomina el «abolicionismo de la prisión». Este comprende una triple abolición: la abolición de la pena de muerte; la abolición del complejo industrial-penitenciario, que debe también incluir la abolición de sus componentes militares, como la tortura y el terror, y la abolición de todos los rastros y herencias de la esclavitud que han sido mantenidos y renovados por la pena capital y el sistema de prisiones en Estados Unidos, en especial con la implantación de las prisiones de máxima seguridad. La investigación histórica y sociológica emprendida por Davis muestra que la abolición de la esclavitud y de su legado permanecerá inacabada mientras el castigo racial siga siendo una condición definidora del espacio público. Su riguroso análisis explica cómo la raza, el género y la clase han pasado a integrar una tecnología política de los cuerpos. El sistema carcelario se convierte, de este modo, en un dispositivo biopolítico que naturaliza la democracia racial vigente en Estados Unidos. En la extensa conversación con Eduardo Mendieta incluida también en este libro, Davis pasa revista a su formación filosófica, su compromiso político, su propio encarcelamiento y la posterior campaña en favor de su liberación. Evoca además las principales figuras del pensamiento político afroamericano (como Frederick Douglass y W. E. B. DuBois) que han influido en ella y comenta las revelaciones sobre las torturas en Abu Ghraib y los campos de detención en Guantánamo.


Compare

Durante las últimas décadas, el trabajo intelectual y la actividad política de Angela Davis se han centrado en lo que ella denomina el «abolicionismo de la prisión». Este comprende una triple abolición: la abolición de la pena de muerte; la abolición del complejo industrial-penitenciario, que debe también incluir la abolición de sus componentes militares, como la tortura y Durante las últimas décadas, el trabajo intelectual y la actividad política de Angela Davis se han centrado en lo que ella denomina el «abolicionismo de la prisión». Este comprende una triple abolición: la abolición de la pena de muerte; la abolición del complejo industrial-penitenciario, que debe también incluir la abolición de sus componentes militares, como la tortura y el terror, y la abolición de todos los rastros y herencias de la esclavitud que han sido mantenidos y renovados por la pena capital y el sistema de prisiones en Estados Unidos, en especial con la implantación de las prisiones de máxima seguridad. La investigación histórica y sociológica emprendida por Davis muestra que la abolición de la esclavitud y de su legado permanecerá inacabada mientras el castigo racial siga siendo una condición definidora del espacio público. Su riguroso análisis explica cómo la raza, el género y la clase han pasado a integrar una tecnología política de los cuerpos. El sistema carcelario se convierte, de este modo, en un dispositivo biopolítico que naturaliza la democracia racial vigente en Estados Unidos. En la extensa conversación con Eduardo Mendieta incluida también en este libro, Davis pasa revista a su formación filosófica, su compromiso político, su propio encarcelamiento y la posterior campaña en favor de su liberación. Evoca además las principales figuras del pensamiento político afroamericano (como Frederick Douglass y W. E. B. DuBois) que han influido en ella y comenta las revelaciones sobre las torturas en Abu Ghraib y los campos de detención en Guantánamo.

30 review for Democracia de la abolición: Prisiones, racismo y violencia

  1. 5 out of 5

    K

    Angela Davis is a goddamn genius and I do not use this word lightly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Prado

    4,5 stars just bc i don’t get along super well with books in interview format, but the content itself is legendary.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bri

    Angela Davis is such a deep thinker and poses so many important questions about American exceptionalism, imperialism, and white supremacist violence. I learned a lot about military prisons and that the torture and violence that happen there is not so different from the conditions incarcerated people face in the US. Everyone should be reading Davis’s works as we imagine and build a radical prison abolition framework.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael Strode

    This small text is densely packed with Davis' insight into the history of social justice organization and mobilization, the injustice of the prison system, and the interweaving of that system with capitalism to create an exportable prison economy with both a profit and social repression incentive. It reads quickly as a conversation develops between Mendieta and Davis that displays his intense engagement with the subject of his interview. There is a gem of an answer at the end of the interview whi This small text is densely packed with Davis' insight into the history of social justice organization and mobilization, the injustice of the prison system, and the interweaving of that system with capitalism to create an exportable prison economy with both a profit and social repression incentive. It reads quickly as a conversation develops between Mendieta and Davis that displays his intense engagement with the subject of his interview. There is a gem of an answer at the end of the interview which speaks to Davis' concern that there is an overreliance on seeking role models for social justice mobilization when what she and others of her era did was essentially experimentation. In this way, modern organizers should be more fearless with experimenting with new ways to think their way through more highly evolved forms of racism and those threats to social justice which we encounter in the present era.

  5. 4 out of 5

    simon

    this book is great if you've never read anything about prison abolition, the connection between US Foreign policy and the US prison system, or anything by angela davis. if you've read any of those things, it's like a nice pat on the back, reminding you that the things you believe in are real and important. i actually think the interviewer could have done a better job; or the questions could have been asked in a different way to gather better responses from davis, who is genius in a way that isn' this book is great if you've never read anything about prison abolition, the connection between US Foreign policy and the US prison system, or anything by angela davis. if you've read any of those things, it's like a nice pat on the back, reminding you that the things you believe in are real and important. i actually think the interviewer could have done a better job; or the questions could have been asked in a different way to gather better responses from davis, who is genius in a way that isn't reflected in this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karin

    This is a short book of 4 interviews and makes for a companion to Are Prisons Obsolete. I recommend reading that first.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    as always, angela davis is accessible and illuminating! this filled in some gaps in my understand of current state (or at least 2005 state) of american empire. I feel like I need to read 800 more books

  8. 4 out of 5

    L

    Angela Y. Davis is that model of a public intellectual. Such a sharp, incisive thinker. The ways in which she reframes the interviewer's questions and expands his scope and, thereby, ours. I was particularly struck by her refusal to be an autobiographical subject and her comments on organizing vs. mobilization at the end. She describes how understanding people as encountering their own histories when they viewed her made her more comfortable with her celebrity. This book would make for great tea Angela Y. Davis is that model of a public intellectual. Such a sharp, incisive thinker. The ways in which she reframes the interviewer's questions and expands his scope and, thereby, ours. I was particularly struck by her refusal to be an autobiographical subject and her comments on organizing vs. mobilization at the end. She describes how understanding people as encountering their own histories when they viewed her made her more comfortable with her celebrity. This book would make for great teaching material. “At the time I wrote the book I did not see myself as a conventional autobiographical subject and thus did not locate my writing within any of the traditions you evoke. As a matter of fact, I was initially reluctant to write an autobiography. First of all, I was too young. Second, I did not think that my own individual accomplishments merited autobiographical treatment. Third, I was certainly aware that the celebrity—or notoriety—I had achieved had very little to do with me as an individual. It was based on the mobilization of the State and its efforts to capture me, including the fact that I was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list. But also, and perhaps most importantly, I knew that my potential as an autobiographical subject was created by the massive global movement that successfully achieved my freedom. So the question was how to write an autobiography that would be attentive to this community of collective struggle." (18) "What we manage to do each time we win a victory is not so much to secure change once and for all, but rather to create new terrains for struggle." (19) "What I also like about Du Bois’s pan-Africanism is that it insists on Afro-Asian solidarities. This is an important feature that has been concealed in conventional narratives of pan-Africanism. Such an approach is not racially defined, but rather discovers its political identity in its struggles against racism.” (27) “According to this logic the prison becomes a way of disappearing people in the false hope of disappearing the underlying social problems they represent.” (40) “So I think it is important not to assume that the image has a self-evident relationship to its object. And it is important to consider the particular economy within which images are produced and consumed.” (50) “So you might say that prison abolition is a way of talking about the pitfalls of the particular version of democracy represented by U.S. capitalism. Capitalism—especially in its contemporary global form—continues to produce problems that neither it nor its prisons are prepared to solve. So prison abolition requires us to recognize the extent that our present social order—in which are embedded a complex array of social problems—will have to be radically transformed.” (72) “In the aftermath of 9/11, the 'nation' was offered as the primary mode of solidarity. That is to say, people were urged to seek refuge in their “Americanism,” rather than to imagine themselves in solidarity with people throughout the world, including in those countries later marked as constituting an “axis of evil.” Why were we so quick to imagine the nation as the limit of human solidarity, precisely at a moment when people all over the world identified with our pain and suffering? Why was it not possible to receive that solidarity in a way that allowed us to return it and to imagine ourselves more broadly as citizens of the world?" (86) "Communities are always political projects, political projects that can never solely rely on identity. Even during the period when black unity was assumed to be the sine qua non of struggle, it was more a fiction than anything else. The class, gender, and sexual fissures that lurked just beneath the construction of unity eventually exposed these and other heterogeneities that made 'unity' an impossible dream.” (100) "This was a thorny issue: how to participate in the anti-war movement, while opposing the strategy of treating peace as an issue unrelated to racial equality.” (107) State and federal prisons, county jails, jails in Indian country, detention centers run by the Department of Homeland Security, territorial prisons in areas the U.S. refuses to acknowledge as its colonies, and military prisons are all counted together in the Federal Bureau of Statistic’s annual census as a further reason for why we must think them together. (111) “Guantánamo is just one U.S.-controlled hole into which people disappear. There are many.” (121) “It is difficult to encourage people to think about protracted struggles, protracted movements that require very careful strategic organizing interventions that don’t always depend on our capacity to mobilize demonstrations. It seems to me that mobilization has displaced organization, so that in the contemporary moment, when we think about organizing movements, we think about bringing masses of people into the streets...These days we tend to think of that process of rendering the movement visible as the very substance of the movement itself. If this is the case, then the millions who go home after the demonstration have concluded that they do not necessarily feel responsible to further build support for the cause. They are able to return to their private spaces and express their relationship to this movement in private, individual ways. If the demonstration is the monumental public moment and people return afterwards to lives they construe as private, then, in a sense, we have unwittingly acquiesced to the corporate drive for privatization...When organizing is subordinated to mobilizing, what do you do after the successful mobilization? How can we produce a sense of belonging to communities in struggle that is not evaporated by the onslaught of our everyday routines? How do we build movements capable of generating the power to compel governments and corporations to curtail their violence? Ultimately, how can we successfully resist global capitalism and its drive for dominance?” (128) “Everything has changed. The funding base for movements has changed. The relationship between professionalization and social moments has changed. The mode of politicization has changed. The role of culture and the globalization of cultural production have changed. I don’t know how else to talk about this other than to encourage people to experiment. That is actually the lesson I would draw from the period of the 1960s and 1970s, when I was involved in what were essentially experimental modes of conventional civil rights organizing. Nobody knew whether they would work or not. Nobody knew where we were going. I often remark that young people today have too much deference toward the older organizers, the veterans, and are much too careful in their desire to rely on role models. Everyone wants some guarantee that what they do will have palpable results. I think the best way to figure out what might work is simply to do it, regardless of the potential mistakes one might make. One must be willing to make mistakes. In fact, I think that the mistakes help to produce the new modes of organizing—the kinds that bring people together and advance the struggle for peace and justice." (129)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay King-Miller

    This probably wouldn't be the best place to start if you've never read any Angela Davis. For readers who are already familiar with her stance on prison abolition, this is a great addition to the conversation, expanding her analysis of the prison industrial complex in the context of the "war on terror." This probably wouldn't be the best place to start if you've never read any Angela Davis. For readers who are already familiar with her stance on prison abolition, this is a great addition to the conversation, expanding her analysis of the prison industrial complex in the context of the "war on terror."

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    I definitely agree that in order to truly understand what Davis means by "Abolition Democracy," this book is not enough and I recommend reading Are Prisons Obsolete? first. The interviewer's questions could have been better and the book itself could of been structured more efficiently. It almost seems like she just put this together and did not think about it much. Still, I enjoyed Davis as I always do. I definitely agree that in order to truly understand what Davis means by "Abolition Democracy," this book is not enough and I recommend reading Are Prisons Obsolete? first. The interviewer's questions could have been better and the book itself could of been structured more efficiently. It almost seems like she just put this together and did not think about it much. Still, I enjoyed Davis as I always do.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stina

    I was a little disappointed in this book. Lots of good ideas, but it was too superficial. It is a collection of interviews, and Davis' insights into the prison industrial complex aren't developed much. I recommend "Are Prisons Obsolete?" instead. I was a little disappointed in this book. Lots of good ideas, but it was too superficial. It is a collection of interviews, and Davis' insights into the prison industrial complex aren't developed much. I recommend "Are Prisons Obsolete?" instead.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Milo

    Some of her theories were pretty cool, but it has a difficult time standing on its own. I think "Are Prisons Obsolete?" needs to be read before this. And you probably should know some of the author's background if you're a generation behind (such as myself). It helps. Some of her theories were pretty cool, but it has a difficult time standing on its own. I think "Are Prisons Obsolete?" needs to be read before this. And you probably should know some of the author's background if you're a generation behind (such as myself). It helps.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I think Angela Y. Davis is my new intellectual crush. She is so amazing! I loved everything about this book. The sad part for me is it is about 15 years old and nearly all of what she speaks about is still apparent today. I hav included my notes because books like this are fun and make me want to write things down and commit them to memory. Learning is awesome. Abolition Democracy - radical feminist, Communist Party candidate, founder of Critical Resistance (dismantle P.I. Complex) - links White Su I think Angela Y. Davis is my new intellectual crush. She is so amazing! I loved everything about this book. The sad part for me is it is about 15 years old and nearly all of what she speaks about is still apparent today. I hav included my notes because books like this are fun and make me want to write things down and commit them to memory. Learning is awesome. Abolition Democracy - radical feminist, Communist Party candidate, founder of Critical Resistance (dismantle P.I. Complex) - links White Supremacy (cause) with racial violence (effect) - connections of post-Civil War black laws with growth of prison industrial complex - disenfranchisement, capital extraction, social branding, racial contract (society based on white norms), ritual violence, sexual coercion, surplus repression, interconnected systems (relations between prisons and other political structures) - linking of prison, nation-state, torture - connecting her wok to Black Biography, Philosophy/Prison Writings - philosophy and imagining a better world - multidisciplinary approach to problem solving - need to disconnect democracy from capitalism - nationalism as unity of struggle for Black Peoples - challenge is not a seat at the table of oppression, but how to break those systems - need to attack structural racisms, not bemoan failure of Civil Rights Movement - the assumption systems of oppression are OK if they mete out the same punishment to White and Black - death penalty and racism - industry of punishment - use of prison to replace unsupported/unfunded social mechanisms - link of prisons to torture not new - Abu Ghraib and photos of torture used as “tool of democracy” - links of slavery, lynching, and death penalty- wipe out victim - fluidity of culture as a construct, the power of ideologies of racial inferiority - connections between torture and practices of imprisonment - emphasis on institution of violence, not who perpetrates - asking questions instead of making pronouncements - instead of “what can White/Western Feminism Do For You?”, what do feminists suffering under White/Western Global War have to say to White/Western Feminists? - prison abolition more about breaking institutions of capitalist democracy that promote racism AND building new/better institutions of support - false narrative that democracy is best and anything used to support it is OK (torture “debate”, erasure of humanity of victim) - reconceptualize “security”; less about violent response, more about social programs - limitations of law (cannot create justice, equality) - Civil Rights success (ending racial categories) led to abstracted beings and removed legal protection/action - connections of slavery abolition (reintegrate slaves into economy/society) and abolition democracy - ending racism and lie of black community as way to do so (too various and multifaceted) - democracy is NOT more open roles in repressive institutions of racism; more black people doing racist things (Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice...) is not gain - US exporting its “prison model” - use of simplified political discourse results in extremes (for us/against us) and resists critical thinking - the difference between protests of 60’s/70’s and now; lack of patience, persistence, strategic thinking (organizing vs. mobilizing - focus group vs. crowd) - need for experimentation to see what works in different situations, systems As noted, this book is from 2005, but it still has plenty of relevance today. Racism, hegemony, capitalism, prisons, torture, terrorism and global war are ever-present realities. We need ever more involved people and constantly evolving mechanisms to fight them. Angela Y. Davis can help show you the door, but you have to walk though on your own...

  14. 4 out of 5

    rosa guac

    Foundational text on abolition. Some quotes from the last chapter that made me reflect: “Organizing is not synonymous with mobilizing. Now that many of us have access to new technologies...we need to give serious thought about how they might best be used. The internet is an incredible tool, but it may also encourage us to think that we can produce instantaneous movements, movements modeled after fast food delivery.” “When organizing is subordinated to mobilizing, what do you do after the successful Foundational text on abolition. Some quotes from the last chapter that made me reflect: “Organizing is not synonymous with mobilizing. Now that many of us have access to new technologies...we need to give serious thought about how they might best be used. The internet is an incredible tool, but it may also encourage us to think that we can produce instantaneous movements, movements modeled after fast food delivery.” “When organizing is subordinated to mobilizing, what do you do after the successful mobilization? How can we produce a sense of belonging to communities ins truffle that is not evaporated by the onslaught of our everyday routines? How do we build movements capable of generating the power to compel governments and corporations to curtail their violence? Ultimately, how can we successfully resist global capitalism and its drive for dominance?” And last quote: “I often remark that young people today have too much deference toward the older organizers, the veterans and are much too careful in their desire to rely on role models. Everyone wants some tuna eater that what they do will have palpable results. I think the best way to figure out what might work is simply to do it, regardless of the potential mistakes one might make. One must be willing to make mistakes. In fact, I think that the mistakes help to produce the new modes of organizing—the kinds that bring people together and advance the struggle for peace and social justice”

  15. 4 out of 5

    Zuri

    This is an amazing little book (125 pages) of 4 interviews between Angela Davis & Eduardo Mendieta. Davis is one of my favorite public intellectuals bc she's so brilliant and I always learn so much from her. I think she speaks/writes in a way that is always readable and informative. Also she went to Brandeis which validates my education.. this book is from 2005 so it discusses Bush, Guantánamo, & Abu Ghraib but it's all very relevant today. The idea of 'abolition democracy' comes from DuBois & i This is an amazing little book (125 pages) of 4 interviews between Angela Davis & Eduardo Mendieta. Davis is one of my favorite public intellectuals bc she's so brilliant and I always learn so much from her. I think she speaks/writes in a way that is always readable and informative. Also she went to Brandeis which validates my education.. this book is from 2005 so it discusses Bush, Guantánamo, & Abu Ghraib but it's all very relevant today. The idea of 'abolition democracy' comes from DuBois & it's abt how when ppl were released from slavery they were denied the resources that would have given them access to American society which is where the prison system comes in to be filled w all those people. The interviews are Politics and Prison, Sexual Coercion Prisons and Feminist Responses, Abolition Democracy, Resistance Language and Law. I would definitely recommend it! I've seen the pdf online as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula Zhang

    I liked the Q&A format, and the ideas are excellent, but I definitely need more of a background in Davis' works in order to properly engage with and appreciate this book. I was lost at points, but that's my own fault. Some research into Guantanamo & Abu Ghraib, Bush's foreign policy, and the prison industrial complex would be good before reading this collection of interviews. I liked the Q&A format, and the ideas are excellent, but I definitely need more of a background in Davis' works in order to properly engage with and appreciate this book. I was lost at points, but that's my own fault. Some research into Guantanamo & Abu Ghraib, Bush's foreign policy, and the prison industrial complex would be good before reading this collection of interviews.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea

    A wonderful read regarding abolition democracy, feminism, the prison industrial complex and the violence of the state. Davis does a great job of looking critically at these political, social, and cultural constructs and their intersections and overlaps. A quick and incisive read. Update June 2016: I re-read this in June and was really inspired by her writing and analysis. The anti-police brutality work I am engaged in in Rochester, NY is looking at abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex as a A wonderful read regarding abolition democracy, feminism, the prison industrial complex and the violence of the state. Davis does a great job of looking critically at these political, social, and cultural constructs and their intersections and overlaps. A quick and incisive read. Update June 2016: I re-read this in June and was really inspired by her writing and analysis. The anti-police brutality work I am engaged in in Rochester, NY is looking at abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex as a serious position to take within the group. Davis' also discusses within the framework of abolition that we are not just talking about tearing things down, but building them up as well. She identifies what abolition democracy is and why the negative--the removal--of the institution of slavery was not enough to liberate Black people as well as how that might look in a contemporary context with abolition of the PIC. She also looks at media and the torture photos that came out of Abu Ghraib. She writes about how the dominant narrative around the photos dismissed the torture as the aberrant acts of bad people and not fundamental problem with western style democracy. There are a lot of wonderful tidbits in this book--like using the law when it is strategically useful--and I am really glad I read it again. It offers a lot packed into a few pages. I am wondering what happened to Davis' book that is alluded to in this volume: Prisons and History. I can't find it! Anyone know anything about this? Good stuff. Read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Noah Hertz

    I picked this up from the library to try and get a little bit of Angela Davis digested before I saw her speak on the 16th and while I did get sidetracked and ended up finishing it the day after I saw Professor Davis speak, I'm still happy I picked this up. Ironically, the book ended up functioning pretty well as an accompaniment to the talk that I saw. Angela Davis has led a really amazing life and she uses that amazing experience to fuel some really interesting talking points in this book. If I I picked this up from the library to try and get a little bit of Angela Davis digested before I saw her speak on the 16th and while I did get sidetracked and ended up finishing it the day after I saw Professor Davis speak, I'm still happy I picked this up. Ironically, the book ended up functioning pretty well as an accompaniment to the talk that I saw. Angela Davis has led a really amazing life and she uses that amazing experience to fuel some really interesting talking points in this book. If I found a flaw in it, my only real issue is that (and this is something Davis even addresses at the end of the book) everything is so nebulous. Of course when talking about political revolution and the like, it's hard to find any kind of concrete thing to latch on to sometimes, but she uses some really harsh and concrete language to talk about concepts that she offers no explanation for. Now that said, it's more of a nitpick than anything. I'm reading a political text: I'm not expecting a manual to overthrow the current administration. I did come out of this book (and the speech that she gave) with a new outlook on the prison system and a pretty substantial reading list for further reading on the prison industrial complex.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jalisa

    Returning to this text after reading it in college and it is much more meaningful to me now as I deepen my understanding of how hyper-globalized capitalism, the prison-industrial and military-industrial complex continue to shape American policy domestic and foreign. I wasn't thinking deeply about prison abolition then, but I am now and this book has provided some much needed grounding for my imaginings of what's possible and the unfinished work of true abolition. More than anything this book rem Returning to this text after reading it in college and it is much more meaningful to me now as I deepen my understanding of how hyper-globalized capitalism, the prison-industrial and military-industrial complex continue to shape American policy domestic and foreign. I wasn't thinking deeply about prison abolition then, but I am now and this book has provided some much needed grounding for my imaginings of what's possible and the unfinished work of true abolition. More than anything this book reminds me of the importance of a radical imagination that is not constrained by false narratives of what's possible.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Gilboy

    Thus book is a series of interviews and provides a way of understanding how to think through the interrelated structures of the prison and military industrial complexes. Ms. Davis' responses he'll to expose the many ways in which critical thought about society has been undermined by contemporary manner of speaking about issues. She also provides an insightful analysis into the limitations of organizing around identity and instead offers places/points of struggle as better grounds for organizing Thus book is a series of interviews and provides a way of understanding how to think through the interrelated structures of the prison and military industrial complexes. Ms. Davis' responses he'll to expose the many ways in which critical thought about society has been undermined by contemporary manner of speaking about issues. She also provides an insightful analysis into the limitations of organizing around identity and instead offers places/points of struggle as better grounds for organizing since they rely on position and context and not some superficial binding together of self .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nativeabuse

    I keep picking up Angela Davis books to try and get information on her communist ideas and on the ideas of the Black Panthers. and all I keep finding is her writing about prisons? It seems like prisons are all she ever talks about, her autobiography for instance starts off with her getting thrown in prison, and continues through her legal processes. This was an ok interview, but I wish she would talk about things besides prisons?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samuel

    Like many of the other reviews stated, this book was brief, obviously, but it was definitely packed full of information and opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the mass incarceration of minorities aka the Prison Industrial Complex, and it made me want to check out a lot more of her work and look into many of the issues she raised more fully. I'd definitely recommend it as an introductory book to kind of whet your appetite for the topic and the author. Like many of the other reviews stated, this book was brief, obviously, but it was definitely packed full of information and opened my eyes to a whole new way of looking at the mass incarceration of minorities aka the Prison Industrial Complex, and it made me want to check out a lot more of her work and look into many of the issues she raised more fully. I'd definitely recommend it as an introductory book to kind of whet your appetite for the topic and the author.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sivananthi T

    This is an interesting read if you are keen on the concept of substantive equality among the races, and substantive democracy which would encompass rights beyond the norms such as voting etc. This provides a good critique of the prison industrial complex as the offspring of the military industrial complex.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bob Anderson

    Angela Davis is an anti-prison activist, and this book-length interview has her explain how the fundamental notion of prisons as we currently have them is incompatible with democracy. She’s certainly one of the most prominent radicals on the subject around, and her views are well worth getting familiar with. This would be a good starting point for that.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Bart

    In four interviews, Angela Davis provides an interesting framework to examine the prison-industrial complex. She challenges prison abolitionists to re-frame arguments against the prison system, such as defining cavity searches as sexual assault.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This book should be required reading for anyone who can read and think. I'm just excited that I read a whole book. I'd like to thank her, the interviewer, and everyone else who has already read it. :) This book should be required reading for anyone who can read and think. I'm just excited that I read a whole book. I'd like to thank her, the interviewer, and everyone else who has already read it. :)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Zach Be

    As an entrance into learning about the prison industrial system, this book is a great at giving you digestible material that helps you create your own ideas. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn more about the oppression system of the US.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    this book was really good! she's right on point that the death penalty and prisons are teh legacies of slavery. this book was really good! she's right on point that the death penalty and prisons are teh legacies of slavery.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    timely and important.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    Small concise book, interview style. totally readable and informative.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...