Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Queer Prison Abolitionist Movement Essay -- Prison Abolitionist, I
It would be misguided to discuss queer prison abolitionist movements without first thoroughly examining the place of the prison system in the neoliberal imperial project of enemy production (both inside and outside the boundaries of the state). The contemporaneous production of exterior and interior enemies (terrorists and criminals respectively), movement toward and legislation for ostensible (and, importantly, homonormative) queer Ã¢â¬Å"equality,Ã¢â¬ the criminalization of radical activism through increased surveillance, torture, disappearance, and imprisonment, and the exponential growth in the transnationally funded prison system is symptomatic of what, in the article Ã¢â¬Å"Intimate Investments,Ã¢â¬ Anna M. Agathangelou, M. Daniel Bassichis, and Tamara L. Spira deem the Ã¢â¬Å"imperial project(s) of promise and nonpromiseÃ¢â¬ (Agathangelou, Bassichis, and Spira 120). Agathangelou, Bassichis, and Spira argue that, inherently a part of empireÃ¢â¬â¢s promises to some groups of safety and inclusion in global capitalism is a process of othering by which other groups are constructed as Ã¢â¬Å"enemy others,Ã¢â¬ and by which yet other groups are rendered Ã¢â¬Å"Ã¢â¬Ëother OthersÃ¢â¬â¢ whose life and death do not even merit mention or attentionÃ¢â¬ (123). At the heart of this process lies the imperialist drive to establish and protect the new world order via what M. Jacqui Alexander deems the process of Ã¢â¬Å"incorporation and quarantiningÃ¢â¬ (Alexander qtd. in Agathangelou, Bassichis, and Spira 127). This process serves the imperialist ends of militarization by constructing Ã¢â¬Å"enemiesÃ¢â¬ which must be contained and/or killed; it also provides a backdrop against which newly legitimized homonormative queer identities can be conceptualized. In other words, by creating classes of racially sexualized... ...plex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith. 1st ed. Oakland: AK Press, 2011. 267-79. Print. Girshick, Lori. Ã¢â¬Å"Out of Compliance: Masculine-Identified People in WomenÃ¢â¬â¢s Prisons.Ã¢â¬ Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison industrial Complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith. 1st ed. Oakland: AK Press, 2011. 189-208. Print. Nair, Yasmin. Ã¢â¬Å"How to Make Prisons Disappear: Queer Immigrants, the Shackles of Love, and the Invisibility of the Prison Industrial Complex.Ã¢â¬ Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison industrial Complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith. 1st ed. Oakland: AK Press, 2011. 123-39. Print. Nemec, Blake. Ã¢â¬Å"No One Enters Like Them: Health, Gender Variance, and the PIC.Ã¢â¬ Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison industrial Complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith. 1st ed. Oakland: AK Press, 2011. 217-31. Print.