'I Write What I Like': African Prison Intellectuals and the Struggle for Freedom

The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 2, March 2008

13 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 studying the burgeoning prisoners' literature by organic intellectuals from the inside, we may want to look at their analysis, not only in struggling against repressive colonial regimes, but at their contributions to the anti-prison movement. What are their conceptions of freedom, of a just society, democracy and equality? Do they, and other African political prisoners, envision a society that frees itself from the colonial grip of (mass) incarceration? What in effect can be learnt from their struggles and reproducedfor other struggles against the prison industrial complex?

Keywords: prisoners' writings; struggle literature; liberation; African prisoners

JEL Classification: Z1

Suggested Citation

Nagel, Mechthild, 'I Write What I Like': African Prison Intellectuals and the Struggle for Freedom (March 1, 2008). The Journal of Pan African Studies, Vol. 2, March 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2637640

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