Behind Bars: Latino/as and Prison in the United States

Paperback | October 15, 2009

EditorSuzanne Oboler

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Prisons and the multiple ways that Latino/as have developed to combat the pervasive inhumane acts visited on them are the core of this anthology. Its combination of scholarly presentations, interviews, poetry, visual arts, and narratives of the inmates' lived experiences situates the realities of prison and its aftermath in the discussion about the ideals of individual freedom and rights. The authors highlight the attempts to normalize the systematic dehumanization of incarcerated Latino/as by “walling off” and sanitizing the urgent problems their very presence inevitably poses. This book argues for the societal responsibility to uphold the dignity of all peoples, irrespective of their histories and status in their respective societies.

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Prisons and the multiple ways that Latino/as have developed to combat the pervasive inhumane acts visited on them are the core of this anthology. Its combination of scholarly presentations, interviews, poetry, visual arts, and narratives of the inmates' lived experiences situates the realities of prison and its aftermath in the discuss...

Suzanne Oboler is Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of NY. She is the Founding Editor of the international academic journal, Latino Studies (Palgrave), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the 4-volume, Oxford Encyclopedia on Latinos and Latinas in the United States (2005). She...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.36 × 6.1 × 0.64 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230619495

ISBN - 13:9780230619494

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Introduction: “Viviendo en el olvido . . .”: Behind Bars—Latino/as and Prison in the United States--Suzanne Oboler * PART 1: THE ISSUES * Latino/as and U.S. Prisons: Trends and Challenges--José Luis Morín * Pursuant to Deportation: Latinos and Immigrant Detention--David Manuel Hernández * “Nuestras vidas corren casi paralelas”: Chicanos, Independentistas, and the Prison Rebellions in Leavenworth, 1969–72--Alan Eladio Gómez * The Racial Politics of Youth Crime--Victor M. Rios * Caught in the Net: Language and Cultural Resistance among Latina Adolescents in Juvenile Detention--Laurie Schaffner * Lost Votes, Lost Bodies, Lost Jobs: The Effects of Mass Incarceration on Latino Civic Engagement--Juan Cartagena * PART II: THE LIVED EXPERIENCE * Checkpoint in Montebello: Inciting Riots, Up Against the Wall, and Earning the Right to be on the Street with Signs that Say “Retén”--Mercedes Victoria Castillo * The Interpreter as a Bridge: Language Issues in Chicago’s Cook County Jail--Laura E. Garcia * Interpreting After the Largest ICE Raid in U.S. History: A Personal Account--Erik Camayd-Freixas * Waste Is a Terrible Thing to Mind--Dicxon Valderruten * Closing The Gap: Mentoring Latina Students to Reach Out to Incarcerated Latinas--Marcia Esparza * PART III: THE ART OF RESISTANCE * Latino Visual Culture Behind Bars: Artistic Inspiration and Redemption Within the Bowels of Despair--Víctor Alejandro Sorell * “Troubadour of Justice”: An Interview With raúlrsalinas--Alan Eladio Gómez * Peltier 1 / Peltier 2--raúlrsalinas * “Estoy como cuero de jicotea, que ni las balas me pasan”: An Interview with Rafael Cancel Miranda--Gabriel Torres-Rivera * La alegría de tener vergüenza--Rafael Cancel Miranda * PART IV: THE WAY FORWARD * Chicana(o)/Latina(o) Prisoners: Ethical and Methodological Considerations, Collaborative Research Methods, and Case Studies--Juanita Díaz-Cotto * Toward a Pinta/o Human Rights? New and Old Strategies for Chicana/o Prisoner Research and Activism--B. V. Olguín

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“With this anthology, Oboler and her collaborators have taken a vicious swing at cracking the walls of silence, indifference, and distortion that surround the largest system of criminal injustice in the world. Simply put, with its wide array of individual case studies, and legal, social, and philosophical interventions on civil and human rights discourses, Behind Bars is the most comprehensive interdisciplinary work to date on the sordid reality of the carceral state’s pervasive impact on U.S. Latinos. This a must-read for anyone who wants to gain a better understanding not only of how the prison industrial complex intersects with social control, nationhood, immigration policies, and international law and impacts the individual lives of those behind bars, but also of what the very existence of these policies and practices say about us in the so-called free world.”--Louis Mendoza, Associate Professor of Chicano Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities