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    WGST 303 Day 36 State Violence WGST 303 Day 36 State Violence Presentation Transcript

    • State Violence Dr. Sara Diaz WGST 303: The *isms: Race, Class, and Gender Gonzaga University
    • UN Definition of Sexual Violence Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual, or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty whether occurring in public or private life.
    • Expanded Definition Violence is any relation, process, or condition by which an individual or a group violates the physical, social, and/or psychological integrity of another person or group. From this perspective, violence inhibits human growth, negates inherent potential, limits productive living, and causes death.
    • For Profit • History of “convict leasing” • Crime becomes profitable • Keep costs low • below-minimum wage labor for private industries. • $0.93-$4.73/day • Taxpayers pay the overhead while companies profit.
    • Prison Industries • Starbucks, Nintendo, Victoria’s Secret, JC Penney, Sears, WalMart, K-Mart, Eddie Bauer, Wendy’s, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Fruit of the Loom, Motorola, Caterpiller, Sara Lee, Quaker Oats, Mary Kay, and Microsoft. • Kinds of Labor • • • • • • Make office furniture Work in call centers Fabricate body armor Take hotel reservations Work in slaughterhouses Manufacture textiles, shoes, and clothing.
    • Profit-motive & Crime • Incentivizes criminalization of minor infractions • Why pay someone $7.25/hr on the outside of prison when you can pay them $0.93/day inside? • War on drugs has created: • A large, captive population of people of color and poor whites • Exposed to violence daily • Source of nearly free labor • Jim Crow? Maybe it’s closer to slavery.
    • State Violence • Based on Davis and Shaylor’s synthesis of research about women in prison, do women’s experiences in prison meet the definitions of violence? • What about the men’s experiences described by Michelle Alexander? • Why is the female prison system compared to battering relationships in the article? What kind of structural similarities connect domestic violence and state violence?