ISBN-10:
0813539048
ISBN-13:
9780813539041
Pub. Date:
11/01/2006
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror

Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror

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Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror

The disproportionate representation of black Americans in the U.S. criminal justice system is well documented. Far less well-documented are the entrenched systems and beliefs that shape punishment and other official forms of social control today.

In Race, Gender, and Punishment, Mary Bosworth and Jeanne Flavin bring together twelve original essays by prominent scholars to examine not only the discrimination that is evident, but also the structural and cultural forces that have influenced and continue to perpetuate the current situation. Contributors point to four major factors that have impacted public sentiment and criminal justice policy: colonialism, slavery, immigration, and globalization. In doing so they reveal how practices of punishment not only need particular ideas about race to exist, but they also legitimate them.

The essays unearth troubling evidence that testifies to the nation's brutally racist past, and to white Americans' continued fear of and suspicion about racial and ethnic minorities. The legacy of slavery on punishment is considered, but also subjects that have received far less attention such as how colonizers' notions of cultural superiority shaped penal practices, the criminalization of reproductive rights, the link between citizenship and punishment, and the global export of crime control strategies.

Uncomfortable but necessary reading, this book provides an original critique of why and how the criminal justice system has emerged as such a racist institution.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813539041
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2006
Series: Critical Issues in Crime and Society Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 690,970
Product dimensions: 152.40(w) x 228.60(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mary Bosworth is university lecturer in criminology and fellow of Saint Cross College at the University of Oxford. Jeanne Flavin is an associate professor in the sociology and anthropology department at Fordham University in New York.

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction. Race, Control, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the Global War on Crime   Mary Bosworth   Jeanne Flavin     1
Colonialism
Situating Colonialism, Race, and Punishment   Gheeta Chowdhry   Mark Beeman     13
Ordering the Other: Reading Alaskan Native Culture Past and Present   Cyndi Banks     32
Colonialism and Its Impact on Mexicans' Experiences of Punishment in the United States   Martin G. Urbina   Leslie Smith     49
Slavery
Multiple Jeopardy: The Impact of Race, Gender, and Slavery on the Punishment of Women in Antebellum America   Vernetta D.Young   Zoe Spencer     65
"We Must Protect Our Southern Women": On Whiteness, Masculinities, and Lynching   James W. Messerschmidt     77
Slavery's Legacy in Contemporary Attempts to Regulate Black Women's Reproduction   Jeanne Flavin     95
Immigration
Immigration, Social Control, and Punishment in the Industrial Era   Kitty Calavita     117
Identity, Citizenship, and Punishment   Mary Bosworth     134
Immigration Lockdown before and after 9/11: Ethnic Constructions and Their Consequences   Michael Welch     149
Globalization
The Carceral Contract: From Domestic to GlobalGovernance   Lisa E. Sanchez     167
Latina Imprisonment and the War on Drugs   Juanita Diaz-Cotto     184
Tough Men, Tough Prisons, Tough Times: The Globalization of Supermaximum Secure Prisons   Vivien Miller     200
Epilogue. Humanizing Difference: Toward a New Penality   Jeanne Flavin   Mary Bosworth     216
Notes on Contributors     225
Index     229

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