On Property: Policing, Prisons, and the Call for Abolition

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Biblioasis
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Pages
96
Dimensions
4.4 X 7.7 X 0.4 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781771964074

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About the Author

Rinaldo Walcott is a Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. His research is in the area of Black Diaspora Cultural Studies, gender and sexuality.

Reviews

Praise for On Property

"Masterful. A powerful tract ... Rinaldo Walcott's gift is that he makes what seems preposterous to most seem like common sense: abolish property as a completion of abolishing slavery as a means to solving the savagery of modern policing. A mad idea? Perhaps, but I found it hard to argue with his logic. As the Rastafari would say: bun Babylon!"-Globe and Mail


"A clear-eyed assessment of the links between property, policing, and the subjugation of Black people ... Walcott's analysis of the ways in which white supremacy is baked into the legal systems of Canada and the U.S. is stimulating. Progressives will embrace this well-conceived call for change."--Publishers Weekly

"[A]n eye-opening sequence of ideas in coolly passionate prose."--Mark Abley, The Walrus


"Running a brief but far-reaching and punchy 96 pages, On Property has an absolute certainty of purpose: calling for the abolition of private property ownership ... [If] statements such as 'the problem of property is resolved through its removal' or calls to 'abolish everything' can make some people quake, when Walcott's pamphlet argues for the human ability to reconsider and rebuild societal structures, the stances come across as sensible and, better yet, doable."--Toronto Star

"On Property is a must-read not only for those already responsive to the call of abolition but also perhaps more importantly for those who are not."--University of Toronto Quarterly


"Rinaldo Walcott locates his contribution to the Field Notes series on current issues, On Property, in the present political moment, while using historical references and events to argue for the abolition of police and property ... Walcott concludes his case by asking for a new ethics of care and economy that does not keep feeding into the incarceration system, a system rigged to continue Black suffering ... It is a question we must ask ourselves after reflecting on the ways in which we, too, are complicit."--Quill & Quire


"Urgent, far-reaching and with a profound generosity of care, the wisdom in On Property is absolute. We cannot afford to ignore or defer its teachings. Now is the time for us-collectively-to take up the challenge in this undeniable gift of a book."--Canisia Lubrin, author of The Dyzgraphxst and Voodoo Hypothesis


"Provocative and persuasive. Rinaldo Walcott's insightful unmasking of the historic baggage associated with private property challenges us to face up to what might be the source of our most pressing social problems."--Cecil Foster, author of They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada


"Rinaldo Walcott is one of the most renowned and dynamic articulators of the Black radical tradition. His writings are essential for anyone seeking deeper engagement with the social and political movements urgently afoot today."--David Chariandy, author of Brother and I've Been Meaning to Tell You


Praise for Rinaldo Walcott


"Essential reading. From its first paragraphs Rinaldo Walcott's The Long Emancipation shifts the axis of thought about Black freedom. The astonishing and devastating idea at the center of this book lays out the condition of Black being in the Americas as existing, still, in a state of juridical unfreedom. Once that idea's recalibrating weight and urgency strik