Jackie Wang is no stranger to the prison system. The Harvard PhD student is the sister to someone suffering incarceration, and she thinks deeply and passionately through the topic in this text that merges critical theory, poetry, and cultural analysis.
Drawing from Wolfgang Streeck’s terminology, Wang explains that we are now witnessing the emergence of _the predatory state_, “which functions to modulate the dysfunctional aspects of neoliberalism and in particular the realization problem in the financial sector” via policing.
Drawing upon a number of examples from within the United States, Wang shows how this transition occurred as public debt increasingly came into the ownership of the financial sector in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In order to pay off this debt, governmental bodies have come to extract money from the populace via policing and incarceration, leading to a government that is more accountable to its creditors than to the public. As she explains, “this has a de-democratizing effect.”
She ends this revolutionary book on a high note, evoking speculative futures in which prisons are a thing of the past.
- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Autonomedia; 1 edition (23 February 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1635900026
- ISBN-13: 978-1635900026
- Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.6 x 17.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
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