Michel Foucault, Prisons and the future of abolition – an interview at Critical Theory

sarte-foucault-deleuze-672x372.jpgAt Critical-Theory.com, there is an interesting interview with Andrew Dilts and Perry Zurn about Foucault, the Prisons Information Group and the future of prisons and abolition. It builds on the work of their edited book Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition.

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5 Responses to Michel Foucault, Prisons and the future of abolition – an interview at Critical Theory

  1. dmf says:

    ebook $79.99 hardcover $100.00, beginning to think “critical” (and radical) means not for the rest of us, the insanity of student debt aside getting harder and harder to be care about the neolliberal borg eating up humanities departments…

  2. Andrew Dilts says:

    Please accept my personal apologies for the high price of the volume. We have assurances that an affordable paperback will be out this coming year at the latest (despite PDF copies having already been posted online at various sites), and I am working to get an operative discount code (we had one for a while that made the volume reasonable). The full introduction is available online here from the press, at least: https://he.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9781137510662_sample.pdf

    And many of the individual chapters are available via the authors’ own personal and institutional websites (I am, however, contractually prevented from aggregating these links in one place). What Stuart says in the above linked post was very true for us: placing an edited volume with a press that would promise an immediate paperback was ultimately not possible, and as young academics we had zero leverage when negotiating with the press, and put what efforts we could muster into ensuring that our incarcerated contributors would be able to get access first and foremost (this is one of the perverse difficulties of getting books inside: small presses and open-access presses are more commonly blocked from sending books inside than large commercial presses). This is, of course, no excuse, but only a brief explanation and apology.

    • dmf says:

      very kind thanks Andrew, certainly not interested in blaming any one person but these arrangements often undercut authorial intentions and reinforce the very problems that most of us are trying to make changes to, at some point something will give and it will likely go in the direction of those making the greatest efforts to steer/create things.

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