• State Violence, Social Control, and Resistance

    Author(s):
    Jake Alimahomed-Wilson, Dana Williams (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Subject(s):
    Violence, Political sociology, Punishment--Social aspects, Social justice
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    The state, Prison, military, Police Brutality, Sociology of punishment
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/q7h5-3997
    Abstract:
    When it comes to the American state, violence and control occur at a level beyond most of the US’s state competitors. While perhaps uncomfortable for the average American to reflect upon, the following are simply uncontroversial facts: for example, despite purporting to be the freest country, the US has the world’s highest incarceration rate, with over 2.1 million people locked up. Presently, one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are imprisoned in the US. Not all groups share equally in this incarceration, as Black males have the highest rate of any comparable group. The US has over 800 foreign military bases located in over 80 countries around the world, a greater number than any other nation, people, or empire in world history—including the Roman and British Empires. The Pentagon has stationed US troops in approximately 160 countries and territories, resulting in the US literally occupying most of the planet. Thus, it is no surprise that the US spends the same amount of its federal budget on military spending (approximately $600 billion annually) than the next 14 countries combined. Indeed, roughly half of the federal budget is dedicated solely to the military.
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    Published
    Last Updated:
    1 year ago
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