Week 10

police and prisons

Key Questions

  • What role do police and prisons fulfill under racial capitalism? How have police and prisons evolved to manage and control surplus populations?

  • How are policing and incarceration gendered? How are police and prisons related to social reproduction?

  • How is neoliberalism implicated in the expansion of carcerality?

Required Materials:

Supplementary Materials:


Police and prisons manage and control racialized, classed, and gendered surplus populations under racial capitalism. Given their integral role in the capitalist system, should they be resisted? Is abolition a necessary component of anti-capitalism? Consider how carcerality can be contested and what it would look like to live in a world without police or prisons.