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Published: 15 September 2014

352 Pages

6x9 inches

ISBN: 9780823262427

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Punishment and Inclusion

Race, Membership, and the Limits of American Liberalism

Andrew Dilts

A Fordham University Press Publication

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  • Mass incarceration, and the blatant racial injustice it involves, is a major social problem--and ought to be a major source of national shame--in the United State today. This book investigates the historical underpinnings of this problem in understandings of punishment and political disenfranchisement.
  • Since colonial times, and increasingly since the latter part of the nineteenth century, Americans have argued that those who are incarcerated should not be allowed to participate in the collective process of self-government.
  • The book develops what this practice of felon disenfranchisement tells us about the American political condition generally, and about the productive limits of American liberalism's reliance on specific understandings of justice, inclusion, punishment, and membership

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