Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Structural Violence, Police/Prison Abolition, and Decoloniality

Race, Carcerality, and Capital



Section 1: Capitalism and Imprisonment


Avant, Deborah. 2005. The Market for Force: The Consequences of Privatizing Security. Cambridge University Press. 

Browning, Christopher. 1998. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. New York, NY: Harper.

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

Deflem, M. 2000. Bureaucratization and social control: Historical foundations of international police cooperation. Law & Society Review, 34(3), 739-778.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. 2007. Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California. University of California Press.

Graeber, David. 2007. “On the phenomenology of giant puppets: Broken windows, imaginary jars of urine, and the cosmological role of the police in American culture.” Possibilities: Essays on hierarchy, rebellion, and desire.

Herbert, Steve. 2006. Citizens, Cops, and Power: Recognizing the Limits of CommunityThe University of Chicago Press. 

Hernandez, Kelly Lytle. 2020. City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles, 1771-1965. University of North Carolina Press.

Hinton, Elizabeth Kai. 2016. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime : The Making of Mass Incarceration in America. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.

Lerman, Amy. 2013. The Modern Prison Paradox: Politics, Punishment, and Social Community. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Lipsitz, George. 2012. “In an Avalanche Every Snowflake Pleads Not Guilty: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Incarceration and Impediments to Women’s Fair Housing Rights.” UCLA Law Review

Marable, Manning. 1983. How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America : Problems in Race, Political Economy and Society. 1st ed. Boston: South End Press.

Naber, Nadine. 2017.“The U.S. and Israel Make the Connections for Us”: Anti-Imperialism and Black-Palestinian Solidarity. Critical Ethnic Studies, 3(2), 15-30.

Paley, Dawn. 2014. Drug War Capitalism. AK Press.

Neal, Andrew. 2009. “Securitization and Risk at the EU Border: The Origins of Frontex.” Journal of Common Market Studies. Vol. 47. No. 2. 

Rigakos, George. 2016. Security/Capital : A general theory of pacification. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Robinson, William. 2020. The Global Police State. London: Pluto Press.

Singer, P. 2003. Corporate warriors : The rise of the privatized military industry (Cornell studies in security affairs). Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press.

Soss, Joe and Vesla Weaver. 2017. “Police Are Our Government: Politics, Political Science, and the Policing of Race–Class Subjugated Communities.” Annual Review of Political Science

Wacquant, Loïc J. D. 2009. Punishing the Poor: The Neoliberal Government of Social Insecurity. Durham [NC]: Duke University Press.


Section 2: Race and Policing


Adler, Jeffrey. 2019. Murder in New Orleans: The Creation of Jim Crow Policing. University of Chicago Press.

Alexander, Michelle. 2020. The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press.

Benjamin, Ruha. 2019. Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code. Polity. 

Brucato, Ben. 2014. “Fabricating the Color Line in a White Democracy: From Slave Catchers to Petty Sovereigns.” Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory. Vol .61. No.  141.

Butler, Paul. 2018. Chokehold: Policing Black Men. The New Press.

Davis, Angela. 2014. “Deepening the Debate over Mass Incarceration.” Socialism and Democracy: The Roots of Mass Incarceration: Locking Up Black Dissidents and Punishing the Poor 28, no. 3.

Dayan,  Colin. 2013. The Law Is a White Dog-How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons. Princeton University Press.

Du Bois, W.E.B. 1935. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880. New York, NY: The Free Press.

Felker-Kantor, Max. 2018. Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD. University of North Carolina Press.

Ferguson, Andrew. 2017. The Rise of Big Data Policing: Surveillance, Race, and the Future of Law Enforcement. New York University Press.

Gibran, Khalil. 2010. The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America. Harvard University Press. 

Hadden, Sally E. 2001. Slave patrols: Law and Violence in Virginia and the Carolinas. Harvard University Press.

Harris, Cheryl. 1993. “Whiteness as Property.” Harvard Law Review. Vol. 106. 

James, Joy. 2007. Warfare in the American Homeland: Policing and Prison in a Penal Democracy. Duke University Press.

Loury, Karlan, Shelby, Wacquant, Karlan, Pamela S, Shelby, Tommie, and Wacquant, Loïc J. D. 2008. Race, Incarceration, and American Values. Boston Review Book. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.

Murakawa, Naomi. 2014. The First Civil Right : How Liberals Built Prison America. Oxford Studies in Postwar American Political Development. New York: Oxford University Press.

Reichel, Philip L. 1992. “The Misplaced Emphasis on Urbanization in Police Development.” Policing and Society: An International Journal. Vol. 3. No. 1.

Rios, Victor. 2006. ‘The Hyper-Criminalization of Black Latino Male Youth in the Era of Mass Incarceration.’ Souls. 8(2).

Rios, Victor. 2011. Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys. New York University Press. 

Roberts, Dorothy E. 1997. Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty. Vintage. 

Roberts, Dorothy E. 1999. ”Race, Vagueness, and the Social Meaning of Order-Maintenance Policing.” The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Rodriguez, Dylan. 2006. Forced Passages: Imprisoned Racial Intellectuals and the U.S. Prison Regime. University of Minnesota Press.

Singh, Nikhil Pal. 2014. “The Whiteness of Police.” American Quarterly. Vol. 66. No. 4. 

Turner, K. B., David Giacopassi, and Margaret Vandiver. (2006) “Ignoring the Past: Coverage of Slavery and Slave Patrols in Criminal Justice Texts.” Journal of Criminal Justice Education

Wills, Vanessa. 2016. “Bad Guys and Dirty Hands: ‘Ethical Policing’ in the Face of Racial Injustice.” The Critique.

Weaver, Vesla M. 2007. “Frontlash: Race and the Development of Punitive Crime Policy.” Studies in American Political Development 21, no. 2.



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