To examine government policy and state practice on housing, welfare, mental health, disability, prisons or immigration is to come face-to-face with the harsh realities of the 'punitive state'. But state violence and corporate harm always meet with resistance. With contributions from a wide range of activists and scholars, Resist the Punitive State highlights and theorises the front line of resistance movements actively opposing the state-corporate nexus. The chapters engage with different strategies of resistance in a variety of movements and campaigns. In doing so the book considers what we can learn from involvement in grassroots struggles, and contributes to contemporary debates around the role and significance of subversive knowledge and engaged scholarship in activism. Aimed at activists and campaigners plus students, researchers and educators in criminology, social policy, sociology, social work and the social sciences more broadly, Resist the Punitive State not only presents critiques of a range of harmful state-corporate policy agendas but situates these in the context of social movement struggles fighting for political transformation and alternative futures.
About the Author
Emily Luise Hart is a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Liverpool. Her research takes a critical and abolitionist approach to the study of prisons; women offenders; forms of prisoner resistance and desistance from crime. She is co-editor of New Perspectives on Desistance: Theoretical and Empirical Developments (Palgrave, 2017) and is a campaigner for Community Action on Prison Expansion (CAPE) and a Trade Union activist.
'At a time when organising resistance and protest is crucially necessary, the collected authors marshal a virtuous trinity of activism, critically engaged scholarship and theory. Activists may not need academics, and nor should they be in the vanguard, but this text highlights welcome intellectual and practical solidarity.'
— Mick McKeown, Professor of Democratic Mental Health at the University of Central Lancashire
'In this excellent book, the editors bring together an impressive range of chapters covering resistance to punitivism in social welfare and criminal justice. The book's radical agendas are crystal clear and critical at a time of brutal state action. It deserves a wide readership.'
— Chris Grover, co-editor of 'Disabled People, Work and Welfare: Is Employment Really the Answer?'