By Felicity Adams and Fabienne Emmerich
Caring, not carceral expansion! We need to transcend carcerality and embrace a politics of care
“We, and others recognise that decentering the carceral state is crucial to working towards our collective vision of care, caregiving and nurture. Understanding each of these government proposals as contributing to the ex-isting carceral web helps us to resist playing into individu-alized capitalist logics that reinforce systemic harms. Until we transcend all violent systems of oppression, we impair our abilities to mobilize a politics based on caregiving and nurturing in real-time because as the Care Collective shows us “our capacities to care are interdependent and cannot be realised in an uncaring world” (2020, 19). We must recognise the carceral state as one of the epicentres of the current crisis in caring and nurturing. We need to transcend carceral culture and embrace a politics of care.”
With thanks to the Prisons, Punishment and Detention Working Group at the European Group for their permission to cross-post this piece.