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Carceral protectionism and the perpetually (in)vulnerable

Rodriguez, S.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-3944-5600, Ben-moshe, Liat and Rakes, H (2020) Carceral protectionism and the perpetually (in)vulnerable. Criminology and Criminal Justice, 20 (5). 537 - 550. ISSN 1748-8958

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1748895820947450


The United States relies on carceralism—mass incarceration and institutionalization, surveillance and control—for its continued operation. The criminalization of difference, particularly in relation to race, disability and queerness, renders certain people as perpetually subject to state violence due to their perceived unruliness. This article relies on two case studies, in Toledo, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York to question the construction and co-optation of vulnerability by state agents and focus on interrelated instances of state violence done under the guise of protectionism of and from unruly subjects. We then discuss the response to these instances of violence- from the state in the form of carceral ableism and sanism, and from local activists trying to navigate the shifting contours of protectionist violence by enacting queer transformative justice.

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Additional Information: © 2020 SAGE
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2021 14:39
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 20:45

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