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Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration

Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman

Abstract

Mass incarceration is one of the most pressing ethical and political issues of our time. In this volume, philosophers join activists and those incarcerated on death row to grapple with contemporary U.S. punishment practices and draw out critiques around questions of power, identity, justice, and ethical responsibility. The United States incarcerates more of its own citizens than any other country in the world. A disproportionate number of these prisoners are people of color, and, today, a black man has a greater chance of going to prison than to college. The United States is the only Western d ... More

Keywords: mass incarceration, punishment, United States, death penalty, state execution, U.S. prison system, phenomenology, critical race theory, feminism, queer theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780823265299
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823265299.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Adelsberg, editor
Vanderbilt University

Lisa Guenther, editor
Vanderbilt University

Scott Zeman, editor
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience University of Colorado Boulder

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Introduction

Geoffrey Adelsberg, Lisa Guenther, and Scott Zeman

Legacies of Slavery

Maroon Philosophy

Russell “Maroon” Shoatz and Lisa Guenther

Death Penalties

In Reality—From the Row

Derrick Quintero

Making Death a Penalty

Kelly Oliver

Rethinking Power and Responsibility

Isolation and Resistance

Statement on Solitary Confinement

Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman

Critical Theory, Queer Resistance, and the Ends of Capture

Liat Ben-Moshe, Che Gossett, Nick Mitchell, and Eric A. Stanley