Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & the Prison Industrial Complex

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment & the Prison Industrial Complex

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Groundbreaking account of trans and gender-queer people within the Prison Industrial Complex. Updated and expanded.


Pathologized, terrorized, and confined, trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks have always struggled against the prison industrial complex. Eric A. Stanley and Nat Smith bring together current and former prisoners, activists, and academics for a new understanding of how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity. Through a politic of gender self-determination, this collection argues that trans/ queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together. From rioting against police violence and critiquing hate crimes legislation, to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, and far beyond, Captive Genders is a challenge for us all to join the struggle. This expanded second edition includes a new foreword from CeCe McDonald and essays by Chelsea Manning, Kalaniopua Young, and Janetta Louise Johnson and Toshio Meronek.

Eric Stanley works at the intersection of radical trans/queer politics, abolitionist study, and critical theory. They are an assistant professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Nat Smith has worked with Critical Resistance and the Trans Gender/Variant and Intersex Justice Project.

CeCe McDonald was imprisoned for defending herself against a racist, transphobic assault. After being released she quickly became a leading and outspoken fighter in the movements for LGBTQ+ liberation, prison abolition, and racial justice.
  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press; Second edition (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849352348
  • ISBN-13: 9781849352345
  • UNSPSC Code: 55101500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces