Rustbelt Abolition Radio: Carceral Ableism and Disability Justice


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In this episode we explore the ways in which the framework of “carceral ableism” redraws our map of racial capitalism’s archipelago of confinement, and how the liberatory praxis of disability justice works to extend and deepen the abolitionist horizon.

Dr. Liat Ben-Moshe, Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo and co-editor of Disability Incarcerated: Imprisonment and Disability in the United States and Canada, explains how ableism – the violent ordering of bodily and psychic difference through which normative and deviant bodyminds are produced – has been foundational to the development of the carceral state.

Leroy Moore, artist and activist and co-founder of Krip-Hop and Sins Invalid, explains how resisting ableism requires far more than civil rights oriented legislative reforms or police sensitivity trainings, that disability justice means revolutionizing of our conceptions of embodiment and of our practices of interdependence.

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