Progress in Human Geography
Authored by #UnequalCities Network member Madeleine Hamlin
Abstract: Recent years have seen a burgeoning of scholarship in abolition geography. But what does it mean to theorize abolition in geography and what do geographers bring to abolition? This paper seeks to theorize geography’s abolitionist turn, tracing its roots from Du Bois’ ideas of abolition democracy through to contemporary iterations and variations. In doing so, it offers property and the state as key analytics: property insofar as it undergirds carcerality, racial capitalism, and settler colonialism alike, and the state insofar as it comprises both a site from which to make demands and a perpetrator of carceral and racial violence.