Access to Justice: Mass Incarceration and Masculinity through a Black Feminist Lens
12 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2012
This Introduction to the Symposium, Race to Justice: Mass Incarceration and Masculinity through a Black Feminist Lens, rehearses the animating forces that led to a colloquium and a series of papers that explore the question of mass incarceration and the negative state engagement surrounding it through gendered and feminist lenses. The Introduction explains how an analysis of mass incarceration through the lens of gender complicates what is often conceived as a story about race. Instead mass incarceration can be more deeply understood through its gendered effects on men and the women and children connected to those men. These connections include the social and economic conditions of the community, new forms of sexuality experienced in prison, and resulting changes in identity. Building on the work of Angela Davis and Beth Ritchie, this symposium and its papers provide new insights and frameworks for mass incarceration. Symposium authors include Angela Harris, Frank Rudy Cooper, SpearIt, Kimberly Bailey, Jessica Dixon Weaver.
Keywords: Black Feminist Lens, Race to Justice, Mass Incarceration, Masculinity, Appell, Adrienne Davis, sexuality and prison, gender and prison, prison sexual identity
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