Recently, mass incarceration has been theorized as a system of racialized social control. The traction that this frame has generated is best represented by widespread attention given by Michelle’s Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. While this bestselling book brought attention to the ways in which the contemporary punishment system resembles prior regimes of racial control, the book also reinforced a long-standing gender reductionism that frames the primary subject of these processes as male. This Symposium will interrogate how criminalization is mediated through various intersections of race, gender and class and will shed light on the dimensions of racialized criminalization that are gendered differently.
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