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Jackie Wang is no stranger to the prison system. The Harvard PhD student is the sister to someone suffering incarceration, and she thinks deeply and passionately through the topic in this text that merges critical theory, poetry, and cultural analysis.
Drawing from Wolfgang Streeck’s terminology, Wang explains that we are now witnessing the emergence of _the predatory state_, “which functions to modulate the dysfunctional aspects of neoliberalism and in particular the realization problem in the financial sector” via policing.
Drawing upon a number of examples from within the United States, Wang shows how this transition occurred as public debt increasingly came into the ownership of the financial sector in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. In order to pay off this debt, governmental bodies have come to extract money from the populace via policing and incarceration, leading to a government that is more accountable to its creditors than to the public. As she explains, “this has a de-democratizing effect.”
She ends this revolutionary book on a high note, evoking speculative futures in which prisons are a thing of the past.
Anyone who considers themselves interested in criminal justice reform should read this. The book covers an extraordinary amount of ground: the role of technology in policing and sentencing, powerful critiques of security politics/ innocence politics, a broad analysis of systems of racialized oppression, containment, and deprivation (including things like student loans, sub prime mortgages, fines, etc), neatly connecting the dots for the reader between finance and the carceral system, and much more. Wang lays out both a compelling case for the abolition of the prison system as we know it AND of the necessity of taking on financial capitalism if we are to be successful in the struggle for prison abolition. You cannot unsee the prison as tightly woven into the economic fabric of 21st century American life after reading this book and it follows that you cannot help but question or at least cast a critical eye in the direction of the underlying structures that facilitate, and may well depend on, the existence of a prison industrial complex.
This book is a challenge, but a joy. Jackie Wang is a gifted writer, providing ample support for all claims yet balancing the heavy theoretical content against her gut-wrenching personal history. Animating her throughly reasoned and researched arguments is her familial love as well as grief for her brother, who will not be leaving prison until near the end of his life (what he is convicted of is never said, l think, and by the end of the book you will agree, it does not matter).
If we understand one of the prison's functions in society as affirming of our freedom, than this book is at its core about what it means to be free. This is a must read book for anyone interested in social, racial, and economic justice! I also want to note: it's lightweight, sleek, a pleasure to turn through and fits neatly in my coat pocket.
Jackie Wang takes it to the next level with this abolitionist masterwork. Think David Harvey, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and Rosa Luxemburg rolled into one. Imaginative, inspiring, incisive, and heartrending.
Jackie Wang’s Carceral Capitalism is a masterpiece that reveals the many layers of criminal injustice. It's unlike anything out there in contemporary writing. It deserves to be read widely, in classrooms, subways, streets, and businesses. It deserves to impact how we think of policing, incarceration, municipalities, fines, laws, institutions, and the broken fabric of society.
The more the future of critical analysis looks like this book, the better. The book is clearly written, sharp, disturbing, and brings together multiple radical traditions w/o attempting to resolve their differences. Can I just go ahead and subscribe to her next books now?
I haven't been this excited to read a book since James & the Giant Peach in 1st grade.. This is the opposite of a boring lecture, it's well-paced, sharp, incredibly written.
I went to a prestigious college and none of my classes came even close to educated me this well on the current state of systematic racism, the prison system, how our financial structures contribute to the poor staying poor and the rich staying rich, and more.
I suggested it to all of my friends, and they loved it as well. Thank you