Resisting Carceral Violence

Women's Imprisonment and the Politics of Abolition

  • Bree Carlton
  • Emma K.  Russell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Carceral Violence and Official Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Bree Carlton, Emma K. Russell
      Pages 3-28
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      Pages 29-67
    4. Bree Carlton, Emma K. Russell
      Pages 69-100
  3. Anti-carceral Geographies of Resistance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Bree Carlton, Emma K. Russell
      Pages 103-132
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      Pages 133-168
  4. Consolidation and Expansion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Bree Carlton, Emma K. Russell
      Pages 201-230
    3. Bree Carlton, Emma K. Russell
      Pages 231-255
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 257-268

About this book


This book explores the dramatic evolution of a feminist movement that mobilised to challenge a women’s prison system in crisis. Through in-depth historical research conducted in the Australian state of Victoria that spans the 1980s and 1990s, the authors uncover how incarcerated women have worked productively with feminist activists and community coalitions to expose, critique and resist the conditions and harms of their confinement. Resisting Carceral Violence tells the story of how activists, through a combination of creative direct actions, reformist lobbying and legal challenges, forged an anti-carceral feminist movement that traversed the prison walls. This powerful history provides vital lessons for service providers, social justice advocates and campaigners, academics and students concerned with the violence of incarceration. It calls for a willingness to look beyond the prison and instead embrace creative solutions to broader structural inequalities and social harm.


Abolitionist Feminism Penal Reform Australia Criminology Criminal Justice Punishment Offender Activism Campaign Corrections

Authors and affiliations

  • Bree Carlton
    • 1
  • Emma K.  Russell
    • 2
  1. 1.Criminology, School of Humanities and Social SciencesDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Crime, Justice and Legal Studies, School of Humanities and Social SciencesLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology Law and Criminology (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-01694-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-01695-1
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