Abolitionist Futures | Reading List

October 26, 2022

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Our aim is for this reading list to introduce you to a range of abolitionist ideas via short, accessible and introductory texts, podcasts and videos. We hope these resources spark informed discussions of abolitionist ideas to take with you to work places, campaign meetings, and conversations with friends and family.

The reading list will guide you on a journey exploring:

  • What does abolition mean in practice and how do we go about it?
  • How might we need to alter our thinking, practices and social institutions to build a world without prisons and policing?

The suggested reading list is not exhaustive and inevitably has many gaps and limitations. This is both because it is not possible to cover everything within six weeks. But there are lots of links to further resources.

Abolitionists have a long and diverse tradition of thinking and organising around these questions. Abolition has been influenced by a range of perspectives, including the radical black tradition, indigenous organising, marxist and anarchist ideas, queer and feminist analysis.

A fair number of the readings are from the US. This is in part due to the more established abolitionist organising there. However, it is important to bear in mind that there are significant differences in context, and we can’t simply import US analysis or strategies to Britain, Ireland and elsewhere. The readings have been chosen to offer some starting points for discussion, including how lessons learned across different contexts might be useful in thinking about your own local situation.

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