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America the Unfree: How the Politics of Race and Region Built a Prison Nation

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Authors
Perkinson, Robert
Issue Date
2010
Publisher
서울대학교 미국학연구소
Citation
미국학, Vol.33 No.2, pp. 165-182
Keywords
RaceRacismAfrican American HistoryThe SouthPrisonObamaCriminalJusticeCrimeUnited States
Abstract
This essay argues that criminal justice is vital to understanding the paradoxical state of American race relations at the start of a new century. Although the election of Barack Obama represents, in one sense, the culmination of the nation’s long black freedom struggle and seems to portend the emergence of an age of colorblindness, by some criminal justice measures, the United States is dispensing less equal justice now than at the height of Jim Crow segregation. By investigating the breathtaking expansion of imprisonment in the late twentieth century and by tracing its roots to a white conservative backlash against youth rebellion and racial integration, this essay argues that what sociologists are calling mass imprisonment is rolling back key gains of the civil rights movement and that President Obama will have to address the country’s prison crisis if he wants to be a transformational leader.
ISSN
1229-4381
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/88646
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Researcher Institutes (연구소)American Studies Institute (미국학연구소)미국학미국학 Volume 33 Number 1/2 (2010)
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