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Chapter Four: The Importance of Legal Status in a Globalized World
The Importance of Legal Status in a Globalized World
In her interview to the journal Social Justice, at some point Angela Davis, the African American intellectual and political activist (among other things, for the abolition of prisons), notes that,
[t]he value of abolitionist approaches [is] most clearly visible in the global South, which has suffered structural adjustment.
And she goes on:
More prisons are being built to catch the lives disrupted by this movement of capital. People who cannot find a place for themselves in this new society governed by capital end up going to prison. In many countries, such as South Africa and Colombia […] deterritorialization is underway to allow agribusiness to expand, thus producing surplus populations. In Colombia, ...