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Global Lockdown
Race, Gender, and the Prison-Industrial Complex

Edited By

Julia Sudbury

ISBN 9780415950572
Published December 21, 2004 by Routledge
352 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global Lockdown is the first book to apply a transnational feminist framework to the study of criminalization and imprisonment. The distinguished contributors to this collection offer a variety of perspectives, from former prisoners to advocates to scholars from around the world. The book is a must-read for anyone concerned by mass incarceration and the growth of the prison-industrial complex within and beyond U.S. borders, as well as those interested in globalization and resistance.



Julia Sudbury is Canada Research Chair in Social Justice, Equity, and Diversity at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. She is the author of Other Kinds of Dreams: Black Women's Organizations and the Politics of Transformation.


"An original, smart, and provocative volume, Global Lockdown makes a compelling case for the convergence of abolitionist prison and anti-globalization work in the age of global capitalism, neoliberalism, and U.S. economic and political hegemony. An urgent wakeup call for scholars, activists, and social justice workers, this volume crafts a visionary and wide-ranging anti-racist, transnational feminist praxis. A critical book for these critical times." -- Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women's Studies and Dean's Professor of the Humanities, Syracuse University, and author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity
"Julia Sudbury's powerful and persuasive edited volume, Global Lockdown, outlines in striking detail how prisons have become the international warehouses for oppressing women. Sudbury and her contributors have established in this work an exceptional resource for understanding the new political economy of criminal injustice that today undermines democratic institutions and disempowers women of color across the Global South." -- Manning Marable, Professor of Public Affairs, History, and African-American History and Director, Center for Contemporary Black History, Columbia University, and author of The Great Wells of Democracy: Race in American Life
"At last, a wonderfully innovative and incisive critique of global and racialized patterns of women's imprisonment. Pathbreaking in the breadth of its geographical, theoretical, and political coverage, Global Lockdown is a 'must-read' for anti-imprisonment and anti-globalization activists and researchers." -- Pat Carlen, Honorary Professor of Criminology, Keele University, and author of Women and Punishment: The Struggle for Justice
"This collection of original essays signifies a major breakthrough in the literature on imprisoned women, linking globalization and incarceration trends. The essays raise serious questions about the viability of prisons, even as states and corporations are building more of them. The accounts of women's strategies of resistance are instructive, and give hope that justice can be realized." -- Karlene Faith, Professor Emerita, School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, activist, and award-winning author