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Are Prisons Obsolete

  title={Are Prisons Obsolete},
  author={Angela Davis},
who are involved in feminist projects should not consider the structure of state punishment as marginal to their work. Forwardlooking research and organizing strategies should recognize that the deeply gendered character of punishment both reflects and further entrenches the gendered structure of the larger society. Women prisoners have produced a small but impressive body of literature that has illuminated significant aspects of the organization of punishment that would have otherwise remained… 
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Davis Are Prisons Obsolete?
  • 2003
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