The Idea of Prison Abolition by Tommie Shelby

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This is a uniquely even-handed analysis of the problems of incarceration and the prison industrial complex, which allows readers to engage seriously with the issues and help them decide whether to be a reformer or abolitionist, and, whether the practice of imprisonment is one that on moral and political grounds, should be abandoned.​

  • The analysis concentrates on the writings and thoughts of abolitionist Angela Y. Davis, a leading philosopher who's been thinking about and criticizing prisons for more than 50 years, and who is the most prominent and most influential advocate of prison abolition. While this kind of focused philosophical analysis is standard in the field of philosophy, it is a rarity for such analytic books to focus on Black philosophers, and yet rarer (if nonexistent) on Black women philosophers.
  • The book brings an important philosophical lens to bear on the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary topic of abolition, a perspective that is rarely heard in these matters, which have many competing and incomplete philosophies.

Tommie Shelby is the Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and of Philosophy and Chair of the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University

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