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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness

Michelle Alexander



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Penguin Books Ltd
06 June 2019
History; Social discrimination; Black & Asian studies; Penology & punishment; Civil rights & citizenship
Once in a great while a book comes along that radically changes our understanding of a crucial political issue and helps to fuel a social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement.

Challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colourblindness in the United States, The New Jim Crow reveals how racial discrimination was not ended but merely redesigned. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of colour, the American criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colourblindness.

A searing call to action for everyone concerned with social justice, The New Jim Crow is one of the most important books about race in the 21st century.
By:   Michelle Alexander
Imprint:   Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   247g
ISBN:   9780141990675
ISBN 10:   0141990678
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   06 June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer and advocate, legal scholar and New York Timescolumnist. She has served as a professor at several universities, including Stanford Law School and is currently a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to entering academia, she served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the media advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and litigation.

Reviews for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness

Transformed forever the way thinkers and activists view the phenomenon of mass incarceration * Slate * One of the most influential books of the past twenty years * Chronicle of Higher Education * Written with rare clarity, depth, and candor * Counterpunch * Undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S. * Birmingham News * Invaluable . . . a timely and stunning guide to the labyrinth of propaganda, discrimination, and racist policies masquerading under other names that comprises what we call justice in America * Daily Kos * Devastating. . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black * Forbes * Struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter -- Ibram X. Kendi * New York Times *

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