Ludic Ubuntu: An Appeal Toward Transformative Justice

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Mechthild Nagel

State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland

Date Written: November 1, 2014

Abstract

Providing a vision for moving from (mass) incarceration to an abolitionist penal future with the concept of Ludic Ubuntu. South African philosopher Mogobe Ramose says that Westerners have the strange habit of “being in time,” in other words, of being ruled by time; Africans, by contrast, used to “make time.” Prisoners are told and have internalized the punitive aspect of “doing time.” Nowhere else does one “do time;” and yet, calendars are forbidden in prison (in the U.S.). So, the punishment, even if it lasts a few days, feels eternal; it feels even worse when committed to the “box” (solitary confinement).

Keywords: Ludic Ubuntu, restorative justice, transformative justice, penal abolition

JEL Classification: Z1

Suggested Citation

Nagel, Mechthild, Ludic Ubuntu: An Appeal Toward Transformative Justice (November 1, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2637042

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