Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex, Second Edition

by Eric A. Stanley (Editor)

Other authorsNat Smith (Editor), CeCe McDonald (Foreword)
Paperback, 2015


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AK Press (2015), Edition: 2 Expanded, 425 pages


Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender-non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation, to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.… (more)

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LibraryThing member VikkiLaw
A much-needed book on a very invisible topic. Some of the pieces were more academic/less accessible, making me wonder *who* the book is directed towards (I mean, academics can still read regular ol' prose, right?), but still very much a must-read for those involved in prison or transformative justice work.


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425 p.; 5.5 inches


1849352348 / 9781849352345

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