AAST 271: African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration

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This course explores how incarceration and criminalization affects Black people in contemporary society.  Lectures and class discussions will focus on how it is that Black women, men and gender queer people are over-represented in jails, prisons, detention centers and other places of confinement.  The course readings, discussions, guest lectures and videos will include an analysis of historical trends, current public policy, structural arrangements and community dynamics that leave Black people more likely to be criminalized in the US.  The course will end with discussions about prevention, transformative justice and ideas about prison abolition.