Originally Posted by Piobaire
It's not impossible not to use the term as I'm not using it.
I have a long term history here of being highly critical of the US police and court systems in regards to many things. I'm just not going to call something it's not because it's trendy in certain circles.
I never understood it as qualifying a geographical and symbolic division (i.e. the ghetto)of incarcerating people but merely an acknowledgment of the sheer scale of incarceration in the USA by virtue of it being a large country but, more importantly, because its incarceration rates have been extremely high in the last decades (mass incarceration=sheer scale). Not sure if that is what you have a problem with, I don’t have a problem with “militant” sentences in several contexts but mass incarceration doesn’t even sound like one. It becomes more militant when you start to break down numbers and correlate mass incarceration with a diminishing of the social safety net and the “zero tolerance” discourse.
edit: ok, who gets incarcerated (marginalized populations) usually enters the definition of mass incarceration as it is currently defined (and not as a add-on) so, here you go.
If you guys want to read on that, a good bibliography is available here (I particularly liked Loïc Wacquant's book " Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity") there's a section on health is pio wants to read on that:
http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780195396607/obo-9780195396607-0033.xmlEdited by Fuuma - 11/3/15 at 12:09pm