The Prison State

Subject Name: 
Critical Social Inquiry
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Hampshire College
This course explores the history and politics of gender and sexuality in relation to the racial politics of prisons and the police. By engaging recent work in queer studies, feminist studies, transgender studies, and critical prison studies, we will consider how prisons and police have shaped the making and remaking of race, gender, and sexuality from slavery and conquest to the contemporary period. We will examine how police and prisons have regulated the body, identity, and populations, and how larger social, political, and cultural changes connect to these processes. While we will focus on the prison itself, we will also think of policing in a more expansive way by analyzing the racialized regulation of gender and sexuality on the plantation, in the colony, at the border, in the welfare office, and in the hospital, among other spaces, historical periods, and places.
Power, Community and Social Justice Multiple Cultural Perspectives Students are expected to spend 6-8 hours weekly on work and preparation outside of class time.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Course Sections

The Prison State
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0 Stephen Dillon 10:30AM-11:50AM M;10:30AM-11:50AM W Franklin Patterson Hall 101;Franklin Patterson Hall 101