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SOSC 1009
Carmela Murdocca

Prison Industrial Complex March 27, 2013 Lecture outline: 1. revisiting Foucault 2. the prison, Neoliberalism and global capitalism 3. the prison industrial complex - Racism and the Prison Industrial Complex 4. the critical resistance movement 5. Short film: Corporate Lockdown 1. Revisiting Foucault  Prison are part of the development of a disciplinary society  prisons are meant to impose a system of prohibitions, obligations, deprivations (depriving one's liberty), constraint  the discourse of criminology, presented as science, was a new form of power  existence of prisons, were for those who fell outside bounds of normalization  modern prisons- to reform offender,  however, prisons do not reduce crime  recidivism rates are high  Foucault- doesn't matter if prisons work, as long as they produce disciplined bodies  by 20th century- saw form of social work, repairing communities and family breakdown  physical pain was no longer seen as form of punishment  corporal punishment not a public spectacle now Neoliberalism: - the freer movement of goods, resources and enterprises in a bid to always find cheaper resources, to maximize profits and efficiency The main points of neo-liberalism include: 1. the rule of the market 2. cutting public expenditure for social services like education and health. reducing the safety-net for the poor 3. Deregulation 4. Privitization 5. eliminating the concept of "The public good" or "Community" and replacing it with "individual responsibility" Neoliberalism and the CJS:  A call for a return to retribution as punishment  in the last 30 years, incarceration rates have increased dramatically  the rise of prison industrial complex  prison industrial complex plays a central role in certain economies The prison Industrial Complex:  a complicated system situated at the intersection of governmental and private interests that uses prisons as a solution to social, political, and economic problems  the PIC depends upon oppressive systems of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia  it includes human rights violations,
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