NB: This is a lightly edited version of a talk that I gave as part of the “Thinking Privilege” Symposium at the Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College, April 8, 2016. It is based on an earlier talk I gave at the 2015 APSA annual meeting as part of a roundtable to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the publication of Iris Marion Young’s Justice and the Politics of Difference. As it was written for spoken delivery, it lacks a complete scholarly apparatus; apologies.
NB: This essay, in a slightly different form, is forthcoming in the journal of Law, Culture and the Humanities and crossposted as a “guest post” at XCPhilosophy. I wrote this essay on and off in the years since the acquittal of George Zimmerman and sent it to the journal shortly before a Baltimore jury failed to arrive at a decision in the prosecution of Officer William Porter’s involvement in the death of Freddie Grey, and before prosecutors in Ohio decided not to charge Officers Timothy Loehmann or Frank Garmback for the murder of 12-year old Tamir Rice.
That, in the short time between when this short essay was finished and it could appear in print, two more instances of the criminal punishment system’s failure to hold police officers accountable for the violent deaths of two more black people in this country is itself too much to bear. 
Since I know none of you can wait for it, you’ll be happy to know that the Introductory chapter of Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, The Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition is now available for download as a PDF direct from, Palgrave Macmillan. The chapter, co-authored by myself and Perry Zurn, sets the stage for the entire collection, introduces readers to the the GIP, and works to re-center our readings of this remarkable group away from merely a footnote to “Foucault Studies.”
Active Intolerance will be widely available on November 18 of this month, and is already available for preorder! And for a limited time, you can order direct from Palgrave and get 30% off the cover price with promo code PMTHIRTY15.
Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, The Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition, (co-edited with Perry Zurn of Hampshire College) is set to drop in print Nov. 18! It is already available on amazon for pre-order… or, you can take 30% by ordering directly from Palgrave with the code PMTHIRTY15.
Also, I’ll be speaking at the University of Richmond next week on Punishment and Inclusion and questions of critical prison theory/philosophy. I’ll post details soon!
Lastly, if you’re going to be at SPEP next week in Atlanta, come and see the panel with Ladelle McWhorter, Natalie Cisneros, Perry Zurn, and Dianna Taylor (who are all contributors to the volume) speaking about their work in Active Intolerance:
I’ll be speaking about Punishment and Inclusion and some broader questions of critical prison theory/philosophy on Monday, March 30th at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, thanks to the good people in the Government, Global Studies, and Sociology Departments there. Anybody in the NoCo should come and join us!
If you are interested in using Punishment and Inclusion in a course, Fordham University Press has set up a link to request a free examination copy direct from the press. This is obviously only for instructors who are likely to assign the text in future courses. You can also just buy yourself a copy at 50% off the list price direct from FUP as part of their spring sale using the code SPRING3K4D15, for a limited time.
What I’m most pleased about seeing my book land in this of the top 5 best critical theory books of 2014 is the company with which it keeps: Audra Simpson, Glen Coulthard, Sara Ahmed… a pretty incredible set of folks. And, it’s a real joy to see a “critical theory” list made up almost entirely of scholars of color doing radical theory. That is to say, this list isn’t made up of the usual suspects.
It’s been a few months since Punishment and Inclusion: Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism was released by Fordham University Press, and it’s been amazing to hear responses and see copies showing up in the hands of folks out there in the world. I’ll be giving a bunch of talks in the near future about the book (as well as about some new projects that I’ve been working on), but in the meantime, you can follow updates at the Punishment and Inclusion page on facebook, download a copy of the preface and first chapter to read, and (obviously) pick yourself up a copy to read by the fireplace this winter. Thank you again to everyone that made this possible!
The good people at Fordham University Press have posted a “Sneak Peak” of Punishment and Inclusion in advance of its release in the next two weeks! You can download the preface and first chapter from their online archive here!