Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Human Communications

First Advisor

Christina Foust, Ph.D.

Keywords

Prison, Neocolonialism, Race, Gender

Abstract

In this thesis I argue, prisons are neocolonial racial-gender projects, meaning that modern prisons use violence and labor specifically designed to divide and subjugate people into racial-gender hierarchies based on colonial constructs of race, gender, and sexuality. This project engages poetic autoethnography methods to analyze personal experiences of facilitating programs in women's prisons, prisoners' narratives, poetry, and essays that show how prisons use violence and labor to enforce colonial racial-gender hierarchies. Additionally, this thesis explores how some prisoners, discovered within the stories, resist and survive neocolonial racial-gender violence and labor. The following questions guide my analyses: What are the racial-gendered aspects of punishment and racial-gendered repression? How do people in women's prisons resist? What is the revolutionary potential of unaccounted and underground labor? One example of many, prisoner poetry demonstrates how some prisoners collectively harness grief as a revolutionary labor, troubling colonial racial-gender subjectivity and reclaiming, momentarily, political agency.

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Provenance

Received from ProQuest

Rights holder

Misty D. Saribal

File size

140 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Black Studies, Women's Studies

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