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  • Foreword / Troy Duster  xi
    Acknowledgments / Ruha Benjamin  xv
    Part I. Carceral Techniques from Plantation to Prison
    1. Naturalizing Coercion: The Tuskegee Experiments and the Laboratory Life of the Plantation / Britt Rusert  25
    2. Consumed by Disease: Medical Archives, Latino Fictions, and Carceral Health Imaginaries / Christopher Perreira  50
    3. Billions Served: Prison Food Regimes, Nutritional Punishment, and Gastronomical Resistance / Anthony Ryan Hatch  67
    4. Shadows of War, Traces of Policing: The Weaponization of Space and the Sensible Preemption / Andrea Miller  85
    5. This Is Not Minority Report: Predictive Policing and Population Racism / Joshua Scannell  107
    Part II. Surveillance Systems from Facebook to Fast Fashion
    6. Racialized Surveillance in the Digital Service Economy / Winifred Poster  133
    7. Digital Character in "The Scored Society": FICO, Social Networks, and the Competing Measurements of Creditworthimess / Tamara K. Nopper  188
    8. Deception by Design: Digital Skin, Racial Matter, and the New Policing of Child Sexual Exploitation / Mitali Thakor  188
    9. Employing the Carceral Imaginary: An Ethnography of Worker Surveillance in the Retail Industry / Madison Van Oort  209
    Part III. Retooling Liberation from Abolitionists to Afrofuturists
    10. Anti-Racist Technoscience: A Generative Tradition / Ron Eglash  227
    11. Techo-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation across the African Diaspora and Global South / Nettrice R. Gaskins  252
    12. Making Skin Visible through Liberatory Design / Lorna Roth  275
    13. Scratch a Theory, Your Find a Biography: A Conversation with Troy Duster  308
    14. Reimagining Race, Resistance, and Technoscience: A Conversation with Dorothy Roberts  328
    Bibliography  349
    Contributors  389
  • Troy Duster

    Ron Eglash

    Nettrice Gaskins

    Anthony Ryan Hatch

    Andrea Miller

    Alondra Nelson

    Tamara Nopper

    Chris Perreira

    Winifred Poster

    Dorothy Roberts

    Lorna Roth

    Britt Rusert

    Joshua Scannell

    Mitali Thakor

    Madison Van Oort

  • Captivating Technology brings together a range of incisive analyses that reveal the various ways contemporary technologies renew, deepen, and extend carceral conditions across society and how the carceral complex fuels technological developments with broader social implications. The collected volume importantly offers a range of examples of social technologies for liberatory ends. Ruha Benjamin has brought together a terrifically creative, insightful, and necessary group of compelling accounts. A much needed antidote for troubled times.” — David Theo Goldberg, author of, Are We All Postracial Yet?

    Captivating Technology exemplifies that rare but exquisite quality that makes an edited collection worthwhile: unfailingly strong individual contributions that are brought together in a way that makes a distinctive and insightful intervention. Combining nuanced understandings of the power of science and technology together with critical race critique, this timely volume is poised to set the agenda for the field.” — Anne Pollock, author of, Medicating Race: Heart Disease and Durable Preoccupations with Difference

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  • Description

    From electronic ankle monitors and predictive-policing algorithms to workplace surveillance systems, technologies originally developed for policing and prisons have rapidly expanded into non-juridical domains, including hospitals, schools, banking, social services, shopping malls, and digital life. Rooted in the logics of racial disparity and subjugation, these purportedly unbiased technologies not only extend prison spaces into the public sphere but also deepen racial hierarchies and engender new systems for social control. The contributors to Captivating Technology examine how carceral technologies are being deployed to classify and coerce specific populations and whether these innovations can be appropriated and reimagined for more liberatory ends. Moving from traditional sites of imprisonment to the arenas of everyday life being reshaped by carceral technoscience, this volume culminates in a sustained focus on justice-oriented approaches to science and technology that blends historical, speculative, and biographical approaches to envision new futures made possible.

    Contributors. Ruha Benjamin, Troy Duster, Ron Eglash, Nettrice Gaskins, Anthony Ryan Hatch, Andrea Miller, Alondra Nelson, Tamara K. Nopper, Christopher Perreira, Winifred R. Poster, Dorothy E. Roberts, Lorna Roth, Britt Rusert, R. Joshua Scannell, Mitali Thakor, Madison Van Oort

    About The Author(s)

    Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier.
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