Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror available in Paperback
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.
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
Introduction. Race, Control, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the Global War on Crime Mary Bosworth Jeanne Flavin 1
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
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, 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
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