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No Mercy Here"Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity"$
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Sarah Haley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627595

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627595.001.0001

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Sabotage and Black Radical Feminist Refusal

Sabotage and Black Radical Feminist Refusal

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(p.195) Chapter Five Sabotage and Black Radical Feminist Refusal
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No Mercy Here
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Sarah Haley

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627595.003.0005

This chapter examines imprisoned black women’s practices of refusal and black feminist abolitionist consciousness, through both daily practices of carceral sabotage and blues expressive culture. Spanning resistance practices in Georgia and Mississippi, chapter five argues that black women’s anticarceral theorizations of power prefigured the watershed insights of critical race theory. Blues compositions by both legendary popular artists as well as relatively unknown imprisoned musicians constituted powerful interrogations of the nexus of sexual, racial, gendered, and economic subjugation in the maintenance of carceral power while simultaneously suggesting a future beyond prisons.

Keywords:   Blues, Critical race theory, Refusal, sabotage, Abolition, Black feminism

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