In Chloe Taylor & Kelly Struthers Montford (eds.), Building Abolition: Decarceration and Social Justice. New York, NY, USA: (2021)

Perry Zurn
American University
What is abolition? What is the logic of its movement, the character of its kinesthetic signature? By exploring abolition’s debts to Foucauldian genealogy, the messianism in Derridean deconstruction, and the affective resistance among queer/trans communities, this essay argues that abolition is a kite-idea. It moves by flying overhead, shimmering in the sun, and tugging at the hand. Abolition is a practice of history, a dream of the future, and an affective struggle lived today. This is its fragile promise.
Keywords critical prison studies  prison abolition  Michel Foucault  Jacques Derrida  Queer Theory  Transgender Studies
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