Rights, Captivity, and Disputing behind Bars
The introduction provides an overview of the book, briefly describing prison conditions, criticisms of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, the prisoner grievance process, and the existing literature on legal mobilization and disputing. The authors note that the extensiveness of prisoner grievance filing is inconsistent with findings from the literature on legal mobilization that show that stigmatized and/or vulnerable people are unlikely to launch disputes. The authors argue that this paradox, as well as others, must be understood within the context of the conflicting cultural and institutional logics of rights and carceral control. The chapter then provides a road map of the book.
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