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Silent Cells

The Secret Drugging of Captive America

Anthony Ryan Hatch Anthony Ryan Hatch

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University of Minnesota Press
01 July 2019
Drug & substance abuse: social aspects; Prisons; Religious freedom & freedom of worship; Medical ethics & professional conduct
A critical investigation into the use of psychotropic drugs to pacify and control inmates and other captives in the vast U.S. prison, military, and welfare systems. Anthony Ryan Hatch demonstrates that the pervasive use of psychotropic drugs has not only defined and enabled mass incarceration but has also become central to other forms of captivity, including foster homes, military and immigrant detention centres, and nursing homes.
By:   Anthony Ryan Hatch, Anthony Ryan Hatch
Imprint:   University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 25mm
ISBN:   9781517907440
ISBN 10:   1517907446
Pages:   184
Publication Date:   01 July 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony Ryan Hatch is associate professor in the Science in Society program at Wesleyan University. He is author of Blood Sugar: Racial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America (Minnesota, 2016).

Reviews for Silent Cells: The Secret Drugging of Captive America

For residents of state-managed institutions, the American Dream too often has been warped into a drug-addled nightmare. Combining novel insights supported by rigorous scholarship with fresh, accessible writing, Anthony Ryan Hatch presents a powerful indictment of imposing psychotropics upon the caged powerless, building an unimpugnable case that unveils a deeply troubling pattern and also affords us the chance to end it. -Harriet A. Washington, author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present Silent Cells is a ground-breaking study of psychiatric violence in U.S. prisons-not as an exception to the rule, but as a normalized practice of prison management without which mass incarceration would be impossible to sustain. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the material conditions of the U.S. carceral state. -Lisa Guenther, author of Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives


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