By Perry Zurn
Shaped within the wake of might 1968, the Prisons info crew (GIP) used to be a thorough resistance circulate energetic in France within the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault used to be seriously concerned. This booklet collects interdisciplinary essays that discover the GIP's assets either for Foucault experiences and for felony activism at the present time.
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Abolition Now! , Prisons Will Not Protect You (Lewiston: Against Equality Publishing Collective, 2012); Spade, Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law ; Beth E. Richie, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation (New York: New York University Press, 2012); Liat Ben-Moshe, Che Gossett, Nick Mitchell, and Eric A. Stanley, “Critical Theory, Queer Resistance, and the Ends of Capture,” Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration , ed.
In particular, we ask what changes with the introduction of contemporary US prison issues like mass/hyper incarceration, the death penalty, and prison abolition movements, as well as along axes of oppression like race, gender, sexuality, and disability. In “Beyond Guilt and Innocence: The Creaturely Politics of Prisoner Resistance Movements” (chapter 12), Lisa Guenther conducts a comparative study of the GIP and the Pelican Bay SHU Short Corridor Collective, arguing that effective resistance to carceral power demands an affirmation of the creaturely needs, desires, and capacities that motivate and sustain political life.
87, 1043. 3 . Foucault, “(Sur les prisons),” 1044, emphasis added. On the title page of Intolerable 1, the GIP offers this list of intolerable things: “The courts, the cops, hospitals and asylums, school, military service, the press, the state, and above all the prisons” (FGIP-AL, 80/FGIP-I, 16). 4 . GIP, “(Manifest du GIP),” 1043. 5. Thank you to Daniel Defert for this important clarification. The demand for political status focused on the right to hold political meetings inside the prison, to get newspapers, and to receive visits from other members of their organizations.