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1. Editors’ Introduction–Ethan Blue and Patrick Timmons
2. (Non)Scenes of Captivity: The Common Sense of Punishment and Death–Dylan Rodríguez
3. “Bloody Legislations,” “Entombment,” and Race Making in the Spanish Atlantic: Differentiated Spaces of General(ized) Confinement in Spain and Puerto Rico, 1750–1840–Kelvin Santiago-Valles
4. Resisting Living Death at Marion Federal Penitentiary, 1972–Alan Eladio Gómez
5. Educating Felons: Reflections on Higher Education in Prison–Heather Jane McCarty
6. Joining Forces: Prisons and Environmental Justice in Recent California Organizing–Rose Braz and Craig Gilmore
7. The Role of Mass Incarceration in Counterinsurgency: A Reflection on Caroline Elkins’s Imperial Reckoning in Light of Recent Events–Helena Cobban
8. Pain and Death: Transnational Perspectives
Review of Nikolaus Wachsmann, Hitler’s Prisons: Legal Terror
in Nazi Germany; Michael J. Pfeifer, Rough Justice: Lynching and American Society, 1874–1947; Diana Paton, No Bond but the Law: Punishment, Race,
and Gender in Jamaican State Formation, 1780–1870; Carlos Aguirre,
The Criminals of Lima and Their Worlds, 1850–1935; and Clare Anderson, Legible Bodies: Race, Criminality, and Colonialism in South Asia–Carolyn Strange
9. The Abusable Past–R. J. Lambrose
10. Notes on Contributors
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The issue’s contributors—comprising both academics and activists—examine the practices of punishment and death imposed upon citizens, particularly through penal systems. One contributor exposes how the indignation and outrage many Americans expressed toward the military torture at Abu Ghraib do not extend to similar instances of torture (beatings, “shower-baths,” sexual abuse, etc.) against inmates of color within the U.S. prison system. Another contributor reflects on the unexpected but effective alliance between antiprison activists and the environmental justice movement in California, which worked to stop the massive prison-building boom of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Bringing a longer sweep of Western colonialism into view, another essay reveals the racial prejudices within disciplinary processes of Puerto Rico that lingered even after the island’s emancipation from the Spanish American empire, leading to unequal distribution of punishment on both colonial and domestic subject populations.
Contributors. Ethan Blue, Rose Braz, Helena Cobban, Craig Gilmore, Alan Eladio Gómez, R. J. Lambrose, Heather Jane McCarty, Dylan Rodríguez, Kelvin Santiago-Valles, Carolyn Strange, Patrick Timmons
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