For International Women’s Day (IWD), Gender Studies and Black Studies are celebrating abolition! We have compiled a brief bibliography of key thinkers, inspiring ideas, and activist dreams. We hope these texts expand and deepen what we know about abolition, signalling wide-ranging liberatory practices.
Aiken, Sharry, and Stephanie J. Silverman. “Decarceral Futures: Bridging Immigration and Prison Justice towards an Abolitionist Future.” Citizenship Studies 25, no. 2 (2021): 141-161.
Alsous, Zaina, Nyle Fort, Derecka Purnell, Randa Wahbe, and Sandra Tamari. “The Struggle for Abolition: From the U.S. to Palestine.” Webinar from Haymarket Books, Chicago, August 20, 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dND8keciMFok.
Bey, Marquis. Black Trans Feminism. Durham: Duke University Press, 2022.
Davis, Angela Y., Gina Dent, Erica R. Meiners, and Beth E. Richie. Abolition. Feminism. Now. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2022.
Diverlus, Rodney, Sandy Hudson, and Syrus Marcus Ware. Until We Are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada. Regina: University of Regina Press, 2020.
Elliott-Cooper, Adam. Black Resistance to British Policing. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 2021.
Gilmore, Ruth Wilson. Abolition Geography: Essays Towards Liberation. Brooklyn: Verso, 2022.
Kaba, Mariame. We Do This ‘Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice. Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2021.
Richter-Devroe, Sophie. Women’s Political Activism in Palestine: Peacebuilding, Resistance, and Survival. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2018.
Simpson, Leanne Betasamosake. As We Have Always Done: Indigenous Freedom through Radical Resistance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2020. First published 2017 by University of Minnesota Press.
Spade, Dean. Mutual Aid: Building Solidarity During This Crisis (and the Next). Brooklyn: Verso, 2020.
Stanley, Eric A., and Nat Smith, eds. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex. 2nd edition. Oakland: AK Press, 2015. First published 2011 by AK Press.
Sudbury, Julia. Global Lockdown: Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex. New York: Routledge, 2013. First published 2005 by Routledge.