International relations

Policing Racial Capitalism

Module code: 020IRAID
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

What are prisons? How is state violence linked to extraction and accumulation? Should the police be abolished? In this course, we examine the relationship between racism, carcerality, and the history of global capitalism. Drawing on Marxist approaches, post/decolonial theory, feminism, and critical Indigenous studies, we examine the colonial and transnational roots of borders, detention centres, prisons, and policing. Moving from the local to the global—from Grenfell to Guantanamo, Windrush to Palestine, Yarl's Wood to Standing Rock—we think about how seemingly “new” and “neoliberal” forms of state violence have been a constant feature of racial and colonial capitalism. In doing so we ultimately explore what an abolitionist world without prisons, police, and borders might look like.