In this provocative book, the authors connect the regulation of African American people in many settings into a powerful narrative. Completely updated throughout, the book now includes a new chapter on policing black athletes’ bodies, and expanded coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, policing trans bodies, and policing Black women’s bodies.
Angela J. Hattery is professor of women and gender studies and co-director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Gender Based Violence at the University of Delaware. Her books include Intimate Partner Violence.Earl Smith is emeritus professor at Wake Forest University. He is the author or editor of several books, including Race, Sport, and the American Dream.Together they are the authors of African American Families Today: Myths and Realities.
Preface to the second edition
1. Setting the Stage
2. Social Protest, or a Logical Response to Policing Black Bodies
3. Mass Incarceration
4. School-to-Prison Pipeline
5. The Prison-Industrial Complex: The New Plantation Economy
6. Policing Black Women’s Bodies
7. Policing Trans Bodies
8. Police Killings of Unarmed Black People
9. The Ultimate Failure: Exoneration
10. Policing Black Athletes’ Bodies
11. Intersectionality, Color-Blind Racism, and a Call to Action
Intended to provoke controversial and uncomfortable discussion, Hattery and Smith's book focuses on what they expose as America's deeply rooted culture, history and ideology of deliberately violating black bodies in the name of policing. In ten chapters, they concentrate not simply on exonerated police killings of unarmed black men but also on mass incarceration in what they report as a new plantation economy with a pipeline running from schoolrooms to prison cells in a prison-industrial complex. Their concerns reach the indignities and insults blacks suffer daily not only at the hands of law enforcement and the criminal justice system but in every aspect of life amid the fiction of colorblind racism. Well documented, passionately argued, and engagingly written, this powerful analysis of systematic racism describes how society supports white, male, patriarchal, heterosexual privilege while oppressing marginalized peoples. Verdict: An essential work that advances an acute awareness of our responsibility to make society equitable for all.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It’s the only source that helped me see the full breadth of the policing of Black bodies - well beyond mass incarceration and law enforcement. The conversational tone of the book and the intellectual accessibility of the authors contribute to the public dialog in democratizing ways. The book is the means to gain insight to all aspects of how Black lives are being monitored, surveilled, devalued and harmed. And it’s a wakeup call for those of us who have been doing harm in the name of reform.
It looks at the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and how Black women and trans people are treated. Our global conversations around solutions have been shifting from individual to systemic, and this points out the systemic problem of policing Black bodies.
Finally we have a theoretically sophisticated, comprehensive book that examines the myriad ways in which Black bodies are surveilled in America. Policing Black Bodies considers mass incarceration, prison industries, the school to prison pipeline, the policing of both women’s and trans bodies, and the police killings of Blacks as part of continuum structured by systemic racism. Hattery and Smith cap this marvelous book with a provocative chapter discussing policy options. This is a book I will definitely assign to my students.
Policing Black Bodies presents a critical, deep dive into one of the most salient issues of our times. Hattery and Smith tie together theory, practice, and outcomes to both humanize the problems and inspire all readers to face these issues head on while finding ways to work to improve—and hopefully one day rectify—the web of consequences tied to social control, race/ethnicity, and public policy within the criminal justice system. It is a must read for every citizen, scholar, and student in the United States.
A provocative explication of an outrageous situation. Hattery and Smith dissect the system of racism that runs like a red thread through centuries of harsh US punishment practices. In tough, engaging prose, they guide readers through the hidden histories and contemporary impact of urban riots, school inequality, private prisons, police killings, and exoneration procedures, with each link in the chain building a stronger case for their contention that these institutions largely serve and function to police Black bodies.
4/14/21, Book Riot: Policing Black Bodies is featured in its new releases newsletter, saying it “looks at the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration, and how Black women and trans people are treated.
Our global conversations around solutions have been shifting from individual to systemic, and this points out the systemic problem of policing Black bodies.”