This cluster is interested in how the state and sociopolitically dominant groups or organizations, both implicitly and explicitly, enact violence on marginalized populations globally. The scholars do not center any particular region or country, but rather, interrogate how structural violence is simultaneously realized locally, nationally, and globally. Research topics include: antiblackness and abolition in a global context, queer and transgender abolitionist thought and practice, domestic workers, gender, and im-/migration, global networks of carcerality and policing.
The terms ‘abolition’ and ‘abolition democracy’ have increasingly come into usage in the broadening field of Prison Studies and in decarceral and decriminalization organizing as well.These efforts require the analyses of structural oppression and the development of radical imaginaries in order to dismantle systems of policing and to posit life-affirming alternatives. How do we attune our analyses of the structural to the epistemologies developed through radical practices?