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Captive Genders

Captive Genders

Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

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Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender-non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and 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 argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation, to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.
Publisher: Oakland, CA, USA ; Edinburgh, Scotland : AK Press, [2015]
Edition: Expanded second edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781849352345
Branch Call Number: 306.76809 C1752 2015
Characteristics: 399 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Stanley, Eric A.
Smith, Nat


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Sep 28, 2020

This is an important collection on a vital subject, but several of the selections suffer from lack of accessibility due to academic jargon. Those that express the lived experience of trans people and their interactions with the "justice system" are powerful and provide a much needed voice for this vulnerable part of our society. How the system treats trans people reveals much about its true nature.


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