The prison is a site of social death and death-making. the technology of social death originates in the American institution of chattel slavery and has reemerged in the prison industrial complex. The text Prison and Social Death approaches social death in prisons through the lens of reproductive justice, but the author does so in a way that neglects the influence of race in one’s prison experience. Using the lens of necropolitics, I seek to understand how the markers of race, gender, and sexuality compound to produce experiences unique to the black woman/queer/and trans folk in the prison. Necropolitics contend that markers of identity, such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, etc., are negotiated by a governmental authority that possesses the power and technology to subject particular populations to various forms of death. The prison is one such technology of the postcolony through which it is able to exile certain subjects to “death worlds”: spaces where these folks simultaneously face social death and the threat of premature death.
Watson, Jahqwahn J., ""The Least of These": Towards an Integrated Queer of Color Critique of the Prison Industrial Complex" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7473.
African American Studies | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Other American Studies | Politics and Social Change | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance
black, African American, queer, lesbian, LGBTQ, trans, prison, social death, necropolitics, queer of color, afro-pessimism, youth
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis Exemplar
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