Disability Incarcerated Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada

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  • Copyright: 2014-05-29
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Disability Incarcerated gathers thirteen contributions from an impressive array of fields. Taken together, these essays assert that a complex understanding of disability is crucial to an understanding of incarceration, and that we must expand what has come to be called 'incarceration.' The chapters in this book examine a host of sites, such as prisons, institutions for people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric hospitals, treatment centers, special education, detention centers, and group homes; explore why various sites should be understood as incarceration; and discuss the causes and effects of these sites historically and currently.

This volume includes a preface by Professor Angela Y. Davis and an afterword by Professor Robert McRuer.

Author Biography

Liat Ben-Moshe holds a PhD in Sociology, with concentrations in Women Studies and Disability Studies, from Syracuse University, USA, and is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Chris Chapman is Assistant Professor at York University's School of Social Work, UK. Chapman researches histories, rationales and practices of the 'helping professions' by mobilizing perspectives of those who have been subjected to them, and thus draws heavily on Disability Studies, Critical Race Theory, Anti-colonial Studies, Prison Abolitionist, Queer, and Feminist critiques of social services.
Allison C. Carey is Associate Professor of Sociology at Shippensburg University, and served as Coordinator of Research at Temple University's Institute on Disabilities from 2000-2004. Her 2009 book, On the Margins of Citizenship: Intellectual Disability and Civil Rights in 20th Century America (Temple University Press), examines the debates related to civil rights for people with intellectual disabilities, and won the 2010 Scholarly Achievement Award from the North Central Sociological Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Angela Y. Davis
Introduction – Reconsidering Confinement: Interlocking Locations and Logics of Incarceration; Chris Chapman, Liat Ben-Moshe and Allison Carey
1. Five Centuries' Material Reforms and Ethical Reformulations of Social Elimination; Chris Chapman
2. Creating the Back Ward: The Triumph of Custodialism and the Uses of Therapeutic Failure in Nineteenth Century Idiot Asylums; Phil Ferguson
3. Eugenics Incarceration and Expulsion: Daniel G. and Andrew T.'s Deportation from 1928 Toronto, Canada; Geoffrey Reaume
4. Crippin' Jim Crow: Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline; Nirmala Erevelles
5. Remembering Institutional Erasures: The meaning of histories of disability incarceration in Ontario; Jihan Abbas and Jijian Voronka
6. Walking the Line Between the Past and the Future: Parents' Resistance and Commitment to Institutionalization; Allison C. Carey and Lucy Gu
7. The New Asylums: Madness & Mass Incarceration in the Neoliberal Era; Michael Rembis
8. It Can't be Fixed Because It's Not Broken: Racism and Disability in the Prison Industrial Complex; Syrus Ware, Joan Ruzsa and Giselle Dias
9. Can you hear me now? Voices of People Still Held Hostage in State-run Institutions; Mark Freidman and Ruthie-Marie Beckwith, in collaboration with people incarcerated in State Institutions
10. Racing Madness: The Terrorizing Madness of the Post-9/11 Terrorist Body; Shaista Patel
11. Refugee Camps, Asylum Detention, and the Geopolitics of Transnational Mobility: Disability and its Intersections with Humanitarian Confinement; Mansha Mirza
12. Chemical Constraint: Experiences of Psychiatric Coercion, Restraint, and Detention as Carceratory Techniques; Erick Fabris and Katie Aubrecht
13. Alternatives to (Disability) Incarceration; Liat Ben-Moshe
Afterword; Robert McRuer

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