Prisons as Diasporic Sites: Liberatory Voices from the Diaspora of Confinement

Journal of Social Advocacy and Systems Change, 2008

31 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2015

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Mechthild Nagel

State University of New York (SUNY), Cortland

Date Written: March 1, 2008

Abstract

In their clarion calls for emancipation and demands for reparations, Black political prisoners open a dimension in Diaspora studies that could benefit from investigating the effects of the prison industrial complex, especially in the heart of the Empire of the 21st Century. I argue that prisons in the U.S. are diasporic sites for Black men and women. For the purposes of this paper, “Diaspora” refers to involuntary “scattering” of a group of people because of perceived threats, such as pogroms and lynching, against members of their group and because of incarceration (“forced marches” to the prison citadel).

Keywords: prison as diaspora, Black imprisonment, liberation

JEL Classification: Z1

Suggested Citation

Nagel, Mechthild, Prisons as Diasporic Sites: Liberatory Voices from the Diaspora of Confinement (March 1, 2008). Journal of Social Advocacy and Systems Change, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637628

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