Captive Genders by Nat Smith
Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex

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Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and
queer folks have always struggled against the enormity of the prison
industrial complex. The first collection of its kind, Eric A. Stanley
and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists,
and academics to offer new ways for understanding how race, gender,
ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity.
Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues
that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together.
From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes
legislation to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far
beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle.

exciting assemblage of writings--analyses, manifestos, stories,
interviews--that traverse the complicated entanglements of surveillance,
policing, imprisonment, and the production of gender normativity....
[T]he contributors to this volume create new frameworks and new
vocabularies that surely will have a transformative impact on the
theories and practices of twenty-first century abolition."--Angela Y. Davis, professor emerita, University of California, Santa Cruz

purpose of prison abolition is to discover and promote the countless
ways freedom and difference are mutually dependent. The contributors to
Captive Genders brilliantly shatter the assumption that the antidote to
danger is human sacrifice."--Ruth Wilson Gilmore, author of Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California

"Captive Genders
is at once a scathing and necessary analysis of the prison industrial
complex and a history of queer resistance to state tyranny. By queering a
prison abolition analysis, Captive Genders moves us to imagine the
impossible dream of liberation."--Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of So Many Ways to Sleep Badly

About Nat Smith

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Eric A. Stanley: Eric A. Stanley is a radical queer activist, outlaw academic, experimental filmmaker. Nat Smith: Nat Smith is a member of Trans/gender Variant in Prison Committee and an organizer with Critical Resistance.
Published October 18, 2011 by AK Press. 378 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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