Episode 13- Spatializing Blackness with Rashad Shabazz

Join historians Bridget Keown and James Robinson, with Sociologist Mia Renauld, as we are joined by Dr. Rashad Shabazz, who stopped by Northeastern University to promote his new book, Spatializing Blackness Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago”. We talk about Dr. Shabazz’s academic path and making connections between international carceral containments before arriving at racialization of carceral power in Chicago, and how it manifests from slavery to schools. He explores how masculinity is performed in poor black spaces.

Rashad Shabazz is an associate professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Minnesota State University-Mankato, a master’s degree from the Department of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University, and a doctorate in the History of Consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

From this Episode

Books Discussed:

Spatializing Blackness by Rashad Shabazz

Live from Death Row by Mumia Abu-Jamal

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Slaves of the State: Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary by Dennis Childs

Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis

City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles by Mike Davis

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison by Michel Foucault

Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America by Elizabeth Hinton

Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson by George Jackson

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education
Eds. Torin Monahan and Rodolfo D. Torres

Punished: Policing the Lives of Black and Latino Boys by Victor Rios

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The Breaking History podcast is a production of the Northeastern University History Graduate Student Association.

Our Producers and Sound Editors are: Matt Bowser and Dan Squizzero
Our Theme Music was composed by: Kieran Legg


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