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Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice written by Michael Hames-Garcia

 

Fugitive Thought: Prison Movements, Race, and the Meaning of Justice written by Michael Hames-Garcia

Overview:

In Fugitive Thought, Michael Hames-García argues that writings by prisoners are instances of practical social theory that seek to transform the world. Unlike other authors who have studied prisons or legal theory, Hames-García views prisoners as political and social thinkers whose ideas are as important as those of lawyers and philosophers.As key moral terms like "justice," "solidarity," and "freedom" have come under suspicion in the post-Civil Rights era, political discussions on the Left have reached an impasse. Fugitive Thought reexamines and reinvigorates these concepts through a fresh approach to philosophies of justice and freedom, combining the study of legal theory and of prison literature to show how the critiques and moral visions of dissidents and participants in prison movements can contribute to the shaping and realization of workable ethical conceptions. Fugitive Thought focuses on writings by black and Latina/o lawyers and prisoners to flesh out the philosophical underpinnings of ethical claims within legal theory and prison activism. Michael Hames-García is assistant professor of English and of philosophy, interpretation, and culture at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

Synopsis:

According to Hames-Garcia (English, philosophy, and culture, Binghamton U., State U. of New York), minority prison writers/ activists figure among America's "new intellectuals." In his view, prisoners are ideal voices for critiquing existing institutions in re- thinking visions of freedom and justice. His analysis of prison literature and legal theory is informed by such diverse influences as O.Z. Acosta, a Chicano lawyer-activist-novelist, and the writings of inmates of North Carolina's Correctional Center for Women. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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