Beyond Walls and Cages
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Beyond Walls and Cages

Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis

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Pages: 344

Illustrations: 11 b&w photos

Trim size: 6.000in x 9.000in



Pub Date: 12/01/2012

ISBN: 9-780-8203-4412-6

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Beyond Walls and Cages

Prisons, Borders, and Global Crisis

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The crisis of borders and prisons can be seen starkly in statistics. In 2011 some 1,500 migrants died trying to enter Europe, and the United States deported nearly 400,000 and imprisoned some 2.3 million people—more than at any other time in history. International borders are increasingly militarized places embedded within domestic policing and imprisonment and entwined with expanding prison-industrial complexes. Beyond Walls and Cages offers scholarly and activist perspectives on these issues and explores how the international community can move toward a more humane future.Working at a range of geographic scales and locations, contributors examine concrete and ideological connections among prisons, migration policing and detention, border fortification, and militarization. They challenge the idea that prisons and borders create safety, security, and order, showing that they can be forms of coercive mobility that separate loved ones, disempower communities, and increase shared harms of poverty. Walls and cages can also fortify wealth and power inequalities, racism, and gender and sexual oppression.As governments increasingly rely on criminalization and violent measures of exclusion and containment, strategies for achieving change are essential. Beyond Walls and Cages develops abolitionist, no borders, and decolonial analyses and methods for social change, showing how seemingly disconnected forms of state violence are interconnected. Creating a more just and free world—whether in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands, the Morocco-Spain region, South Africa, Montana, or Philadelphia—requires that people who are most affected become central to building alternatives to global crosscurrents of criminalization and militarization.

Dares to undertake a task of political emergency that is here, now, and deeply historical . . . The thinkers in this collection catalyze a series of debates, conversations, and imaginative possibilities that stretch and vitally distend the existing horizons and languages of abolitionist, human/immigrant rights, prison reform, and U.S. border activisms. A mind-boggling array of critical positions, all informed by on-the-ground political work, is present in these pages. No one will walk away from this book unchanged.

—Dylan Rodríguez, author of Forced Passages: Imprisoned Radical Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime

Bringing together immigrant justice and antiprison organizing, this volume offers an unusual and enlightening mix of writing by scholars, activists, and artists. There is not a lot available on migrant detention, and from what this book tells us it is on the increase, with record numbers of people detained.

—Jennifer Hyndman, author of Managing Displacement: Refugees and the Politics of Humanitarianism

This is an unashamedly partisan book, which nails its colours firmly to the anti-prison and immigrant justice masts – and the success of the collection is all the greater for it. A timely, insightful and diverse collection, it spans an enormous range of issues and perspectives and offers a rich discussion of the connections between prisons, migration policing and detention, border fortification and militarisation.

—Dominique Moran, Society and Space

This is a radical book that strips away any pretense that prisons and policies designed to place as many people as possible in them can be humane. The writers herein issue a clear and thoughtful call to reconsider the entire concept of prisons that US society and its institutions have based their approach to dealing with the poor, non-white, and others with little power in their midst.

—Ron Jacobs, Counterpunch

Beyond Walls and Borders is a resounding ‘must-read’ for any activist, scholar, or those straddling worlds between.

—Ulises Moreno-Tabarez, London School of Economics and Political Science Review of Books

The diversity of voices and perspectives in one of the strengths of [Beyond Walls and Cages], taken collectively the reader is given a complex and multifaceted picture of imprisonment and detention. . . . [it is an] important contribution to the existing critical geographic scholarship on imprisonment and immigrant detention.

—Jill Williams, Antipode


Past President Gold Book Award, Association for Borderland Studies

Alison Mountz

Anne Bonds

Bob Libal

Christopher Stenken

Cynthia Bejarano

Jodie Lawston

Joshua M. Price

Laura McTighe

Lauren Martin

Margo Tamez

Maria Morales

Mariana Viturro

Micol Seigel

Monica Varsanyi

Nicole Porter

Olga Aksyutina

Proma Tagore

Rashad Shabazz

Renee Feltz

Ruben R. Murillo

Said Saddiki

Stokely Baksh

Subhash Kateel

Zoe Hammer-Tomizuka

Jenna M. Loyd

Joseph Nevins

Borderlands Autonomist Collective

Luis A. Fernandez

Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Amy Gottlieb

Gael Guevara

Julianne Hing

Elizabeth Vargas

Harsha Walia

Seth Freed Wessler

About the Author/Editor

Jenna M. Loyd (Editor)
JENNA M. LOYD is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books include Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978 and Boats, Borders, and Bases: Race, the Cold War, and the Rise of Migration Detention in the United States (coauthored with Alison Mountz).

Matt Mitchelson (Editor)
MATT MITCHELSON is an assistant professor of geography at Kennesaw State University.

Andrew Burridge (Editor)
ANDREW BURRIDGE is a research associate in the International Boundaries Research Unit of the Department of Geography at Durham University.