Speaking Justice to Power

Confinement, Cauterization, and Antipolitics in the Americas

 

Editorial Introduction, Incarceration and Transformation:  Jennifer Curtis and Randi Irwin

As states in both North and South America expand authoritarian practices of confinement, citizens balance responding to  immediate crises, such as the Trump administration’s family separation policy for immigrants and asylum seekers, and resisting the way confinement practices constrain and confine dissent over time. . .

 

Selfhood in Flames? Imprisonment and Cauterization in Arizona’s Prison Wildfire Program: Lindsey Raisa Feldman

The United States, self-mythologized for centuries as a paragon of freedom and liberty, now serves as an ironic exemplar of detention in multiple dehumanizing forms. Although the U.S. has hardened its stance regarding refugee resettlement and immigration in lockstep with other western countries (particularly those in western Europe), it stands alone in its staggering rates of incarceration. . .

 

Inside Out: Confinement, Revolt, and Repression in Nicaragua:  Julienne Weegels

Since 18 April 2018, the force deployed by the Sandinista state against a surge of popular protest has left over 400 dead, over 2,000 injured, and hundreds extra-legally detained, beaten, and disappeared.[1] This heavy-handed repression, the appearance of paramilitary, and the rampant numbers of illegal detentions now resulting in convictions for “terrorism,” all point to the long, yet well-hidden. . .

 

“Assisted Freedom”: Carceral Transmutation and Juvenile Offenders in Brazil:  Sara R. Munhoz

In 2012, during my fieldwork in a semi-open socio-educational center on the outskirts of the city of São Paulo, I participated in a meeting with an adolescent offender who had been referred by the Brazilian juvenile court to serve a penalty described as “assisted freedom”. . .