Against the Grain

Mass Criminalization and Crisis

Movements like Black Lives Matter have turned a spotlight on the mass criminalization of people of color in the United States.  But are we any closer to understanding why the American state locks up its residents in record numbers? Radical scholar Jordan Camp discusses working class insurgency from below—from the Watts Rebellion to the Los Angeles Uprising—and state repression from above.


Jordan T. Camp, Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State University of California Press, 2016


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