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Policing black lives : state violence in Canada from slavery to the present

Author: Robyn Maynard
Publisher: Halifax : Fernwood Publishing, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Policing Black Bodies is a timely and much-needed exposure of historical and contemporary practices of state-sanctioned violence against Black lives in Canada. This groundbreaking work dispels many prevailing myths that cast Canada as a land of benevolence and racial equality, and uncovers long-standing state practices that have restricted Black freedom. A first of its kind, Policing Black Bodies creates a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Maynard, Robyn, 1987-
Policing Black lives.
(CaOONL)20179031007
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robyn Maynard
ISBN: 9781552669792 1552669793
OCLC Number: 987578777
Description: xii, 280 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: On State Violence And Black Lives --
Devaluing Black Life, Demonizing Black Bodies: Anti-Blackness From Slavery To Segregation --
The Black Side Of The Mosaic: Slavery, Racial Capitalism And The Making Of Contemporary Black Poverty --
Arrested (In)Justice: From The Streets To The Prison --
Law Enforcement Violence Against Black Women: Naming Their Names, Telling Their Stories --
Misogynoir In Canada: Punitive State Practices And The Devaluation Of Black Women And Gender-Oppressed People --
"Of Whom We Have Too Many": Black Life And Border Regulation --
Destroying Black Families: Slavery's Afterlife In The Child Welfare System --
The (Mis)Education Of Black Youth: Anti-Blackness In The School System --
From "Woke" To Free: Imaging Black Futures.
Responsibility: Robyn Maynard.

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"Policing Black Bodies is a timely and much-needed exposure of historical and contemporary practices of state-sanctioned violence against Black lives in Canada. This groundbreaking work dispels many prevailing myths that cast Canada as a land of benevolence and racial equality, and uncovers long-standing state practices that have restricted Black freedom. A first of its kind, Policing Black Bodies creates a framework that makes legible how anti-Blackness has influenced the construction of Canada's carceral landscape, including the development and application of numerous criminal law enforcement and border regulation practices. The book traces the historical and contemporary mobilization of anti-Blackness spanning from slavery, 19th and 20th century segregation practices, and the application of early drug and prostitution laws through to the modern era. Maynard makes visible the ongoing legacy of a demonized and devalued Blackness that is manifest today as racial profiling by police, immigration agents and social services, the over-representation of Black communities in jails and prisons, anti-Black immigration detention and deportation practices, the over-representation of Black youth in state care, the school-to-prison pipeline and gross economic inequality. Following the dictums of the Black Lives Matter movement, Policing Black Bodies adopts an intersectional lens that explores the realities of those whose lives and experiences have historically been marginalized, stigmatized, and made invisible. In addressing how state practices have impacted Black lives, the book brings from margin to centre an analysis of gender, class, sexuality, (dis)ability, citizenship and criminalization. Beyond exploring systemic racial injustice, Policing Black Bodies pushes the limits of the Black radical imagination: it delves into liberatory Black futures and urges the necessity of transformative alternatives."--

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