Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Structural Violence, Police/Prison Abolition, and Decoloniality

Strategies of Survival


Section 1: Traumas and Survivals


Armour, Cherie. 2012. “Mental Health in Prison: A Trauma Perspective on Importation and Deprivation.” International Journal of Criminology and Sociological Theory. Vol. 5. No.2.

Arnold, Roberta. 2002. “Command Responsibility: A Case Study of Alleged Violations of the Laws of War at Khiam Detention Centre.” Journal of Conflict & Security Law. Vol. 7. No. 2.

Baroud, Ramzy. 2019. These Chains will be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons. Clarity Press. 

Elimelekh, Geula. 2012. “Freedom and Dissidence in the Arabic Prison Novels of Abd al-Rahman Munif.” Die Welt des Islams. Vol. 52. No.  2. 

Guenther, Lisa. 2013. Solitary Confinement: Social Death and Its Afterlives. University of Minnesota.

Million, Dian. 2014. Therapeutic Nations: Healing in an Age of Indigenous Human Rights. University of Arizona Press. 

Mathies-Boon, Vivienne. 2017. “Shattered Worlds: Political Trauma Amongst Young Activists in Post-Revolutionary Egypt.” The Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 22. No. 4. 

Nashif, Esmail. 2008. Palestinian Political Prisoners: Identity and Community. Routledge.

Shaker, Nadeen. 2016. “The Plight of Egypt’s Political Prisoners.” Middle East Report. Vol. 46. No. 2.

Yanikdag, Yucel. 2013. Healing The Nation: Prisoners of War, Medicine and Nationalism in Turkey, 1914-1939. Edinburgh University Press


Section 2: Memories and Remembrances


Burge, Russell. 2017. “The Prison and the Postcolony: Contested Memory and the Museumification of Sŏdaemun Hyŏngmuso.” Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 22. No. 1. 

Darke, Sacha. 2018. Conviviality and Survival Co-Producing Brazilian Prison Order. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Ghachem, Bechir. 2018. “The Resurgence of Prison Memory in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia Testimonies between Truth and Memory.” The Journal of North African Studies. Vol. 23. No. 1. 

Haugbolle, Sune. 2008. “Imprisonment, Truth Telling and Historical Memory in Syria.” Mediterranean Politics. Vol. 13. No. 2. 

Jefferson, Andrew M. 2010. “Traversing Sites of Confinement: Post-Prison Survival in Sierra Leone.” Theoretical Criminology. Vol. 14. No. 1. 

Jelin, Elizabeth. 2003. State Repression and the Labors of Memory. University of Minnesota Press. 

Khalili, Laleh. 2007. Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine : The Politics of National Commemoration. Cambridge University Press.

Nikro, Norman Saadi and Sonja Hegasy (Eds.). 2017. The Social Life of Memory: Violence, Trauma, and Testimony in Lebanon and Morocco. Palgrave Macmillan. 

Vinitzky-Seroussi,Vered. 2001. “Commemorating Narratives of Violence: The Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Day in Israeli Schools.” Qualitative Sociology. Vol. 24.


Section 3: Un-Thinking Prisons and Police


Bailey, Kristian Davis. 2015. “Black–Palestinian Solidarity in the Ferguson–Gaza Era.” American Quarterly.  Vol. 67. No. 4.

Coulthard, Glen. 2010. “Place Against Empire: Understanding Indigenous Anti-Colonialism,” Affinities: A Journal of Radical Theory, Culture, and Action. Vol. 4. No. 2.

Cusicanqui, Silvia Rivera. 2012. “Ch’ixinakax utxiwa: A Reflection on the Practices and Discourses of Decolonization.” South Atlantic Quarterly. Vol. 111. No. 1.

Davis, Angela. 2003. Are Prisons Obsolete? Seven Stories Press.

Davis, Angela. Freedom Is a Constant Struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement. Chicago, IL: Haymarket Books, 2016.

Ellickson, Robert. 1994. Order without Law: How Neighbors Settle Disputes. Harvard University Press. 

Erakat, Noura, and Marc Lamont Hill. 2019. “Black-Palestinian Transnational Solidarity: Renewals, Returns, and Practice.” Journal of Palestine Studies. Vol. 48. No. 4. 

Küçük, Bülent and Ceren Özselçuk. 2016. “The Rojava Experience: Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Democratic Life.” South Atlantic Quarterly. Vol. 115. No. 1.

Lipsitz, George . 2004. “Abolition Democracy and Global Justice.” Comparative American Studies: An International Journal. Vol. 2. No. 3. 

McCleod, Allegra. 2015. “Grounded Justice and Prison Abolition.” UCLA Law Review. Vol. 62.

McDowell, Meghan and Luis Fernandez. 2018. “‘Disband, Disempower, and Disarm’: Amplifying the Theory and Practice of Police Abolition.” Critical Criminology. Vol. 26. 

Mora, Mariana. 2017. Kuxlejal Politics Indigenous Autonomy, Race, and Decolonizing Research in Zapatista Communities. University of Texas Press. 

Neocleous, Mark and George Rigakos. 2011. Anti-Security. Red Quill Books.

Reyes, Alvaro  and Mara Kaufman. 2011. “Sovereignty, Indigeneity, Territory: Zapatista Autonomy and the New Practices of Decolonization.” South Atlantic Quarterly. 110. 2.

Rodríguez, Dylan. 2019. “Abolition as Praxis of Human Being: A Foreword.” Harvard Law Review. Vol. 132. No. 6.

Tuck, Eve and K. Wayne Yang. 2012. “Decolonization is Not a Metaphor.” Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. Vol. 1. No. 1. 

Üstündağ, Nazan. 2016. “Self-Defense as a Revolutionary Practice in Rojava, or How to Unmake the State.” South Atlantic Quarterly. Vol 115. No. 1.


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