Freedom and Prison: Putting Structuralism Back into Structural Inequality
16 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2019 Last revised: 25 Aug 2019
Date Written: January 4, 2019
Critics of structural racism frequently miss structuralism as a field of historical inquiry. This essay reviews the rise of structuralism as a mode of historical analysis and applies it to the mass incarceration debate in the United States, arguing that it enriches the work of prevailing scholars in the field.
Keywords: structuralism, structural inequality, structural racism, Braudel, mass incarceration, New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, Forman, Latzer
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