Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition.pdf
Formed in the wake of May 1968, the Prisons Information Group (GIP) was a radical resistance movement active in France in the early 1970's. Theorist Michel Foucault was heavily involved. This book collects interdisciplinary essays that explore the GIP's resources both for Foucault studies and for prison activism today.
"This is a powerful and compelling set of essays exploring the context and legacy of the Prisons Information Group and how their work might be useful today. Decentering Foucault does more than rightly recognize the role of others in this group. It also helps us to understand Foucault's abiding interest in collaboration, an interest that is reflected in both his academic and activist work.' - Stuart Elden, University of Warwick, UK
"Active Intolerance is an important collection, one that deepens our philosophical and pragmatic understandings of the promises and compromises of contemporary abolitionist advocacy. Read this volume for contributions that allow us to pace the floor, working on our resistance and conflicted relationships in search of a better future.' Joy James, Williams College, USA, and author of Seeking the Beloved Community
"While we often hear about the liberal virtue of tolerance, Perry Zurn and Andrew Dilts' powerful and necessary collection makes a compelling case for the active cultivation of intolerance. Active Intolerance convinces us that we need to be intolerant of the prison and of the racist and carceral society of which mass incarceration is the extreme manifestation." - Chloe Taylor, University of Alberta, Canada
"Active Intolerance pushes our thinking about prisons, prisoners, public intellectuals, and abolition forward. There is something here for the Foucault scholar and prison abolitionist alike. The scholarship is insightful and it deepens our understanding of the problems of mass incarnation and how to work against it. This book must be reckoned with." - Rashad Shabazz, author of Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity
Ali Abu Abdur'Rahman, REACH Coalition, USA Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara), California, USA Natalie Cisneros, Seattle University, USA Stephen Dillon, Hampshire College, USA Lisa Guenther, Vanderbilt University, USA Bernard Harcourt, Columbia Law School, USA Marcelo Hoffman, Independent Researcher Lynne Huffer, Emory University, USA Colin Koopman, University of Oregon, USA Nancy Luxon, University of Minnesota, USA Ladelle McWhorter, University of Richmond, USA Donald Middlebrooks, REACH Coalition, USA Derrick Quintero, REACH Coalition, USA Dylan Rodriguez, UC Riverside, USA Falguni Sheth, Emory University, USA Dianna Taylor, John Carroll University, USA Shannon Winnubst, Ohio State University, USA
Table of Contents Foreword; Bernard Harcourt Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Active Intolerance: An Introduction; Perry Zurn and Andrew Dilts PART I: HISTORY: THE GIP AND FOUCAULT IN CONTEXT 1. The Abolition of Philosophy; Ladelle McWhorter 2. The Untimely Speech of the GIP Counter-Archive; Lynne Huffer 3. Conduct and Power: Foucault's Methodological Expansions in 1971; Colin Koopman 4. Work and Failure: Assessing the Prisons Information Group; Perry Zurn Intolerable 1: Abu Ali Abdur'Rahman PART II: BODY: RESISTANCE AND THE POLITICS OF CARE 5. Breaking the Conditioning: The Relevance of the Prisons Information Group; Steve Champion (Adisa Kamara) 6. Between Discipline and Care-giving: Changing Prison Population Demographics and Possibilities for Self-Transformation; Dianna Taylor 7. Unruliness without Rioting: Hunger Strikes in Contemporary Politics; Falguni Sheth Intolerable 2: Derrick Quintero PART III: VOICE: PRISONERS AND THE PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL 8. Disrupted Foucault: Los Angeles' Coalition Against Police Abuse (CAPA) and the Obsolescence of White Academic Raciality; Dylan Rodriguez 9. Investigations from Marx to Foucault; Marcelo Hoffman 10. The GIP as a Neoliberal Intervention: Trafficking in Illegible Concepts; Shannon Winnubst 11. The Disordering of Discourse: Voice and Authority in the GIP; Nancy Luxon Intolerable 3: Donald Middlebrooks PART IV: PRESENT: THE PRISON AND ITS FUTURE(S) 12. Beyond Guilt and Innocence: The Creaturely Politics of Prisoner Resistance Movements; Lisa Guenther 13. Resisting 'Massive Elimination': Foucault, Immigration, and the GIP; Natalie Cisneros 14. 'Can They Ever Escape?': Foucault, Black Feminism, and the Intimacy of Abolition; Stephen Dillon Notes on Contributors Index