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Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice

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Overview

In Fugitive Thought, Michael Hames-García argues that writings by prisoners are instances of practical social theory that seek to transform the world. Unlike other authors who have studied prisons or legal theory, Hames-García views prisoners as political and social thinkers whose ideas are as important as those of lawyers and philosophers.As key moral terms like "justice," "solidarity," and "freedom" have come under suspicion in the post-Civil Rights era, political discussions on the Left have reached an impasse. Fugitive Thought reexamines and reinvigorates these concepts through a fresh approach to philosophies of justice and freedom, combining the study of legal theory and of prison literature to show how the critiques and moral visions of dissidents and participants in prison movements can contribute to the shaping and realization of workable ethical conceptions. Fugitive Thought focuses on writings by black and Latina/o lawyers and prisoners to flesh out the philosophical underpinnings of ethical claims within legal theory and prison activism. Michael Hames-García is assistant professor of English and of philosophy, interpretation, and culture at Binghamton University, State University of New York.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816643134
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2004
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Justice, race, and law
1 Toward a critical theory of justice 3
2 In contempt : lawyering out of bounds 49
Pt. II The practice of freedom and U.S. prison movements
3 The practice of freedom : Assata's struggle 95
4 Resistant freedom : Piri Thomas and Miguel Pinero 141
Pt. III Rebellion, poetry, and praxis
5 Toward a praxical moral theory : prison poets and intellectuals 193
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