Active Intolerance

Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition

Editors: Zurn, Perry, Dilts, Andrew (Eds.)

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This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Le Groupe d'information sur les prisons (The Prisons Information Group, or GIP). The GIP was a radical activist group, extant between 1970 and 1973, in which Michel Foucault was heavily involved. It aimed to facilitate the circulation of information about living conditions in French prisons and, over time, it catalyzed several revolts and instigated minor reforms. In Foucault's words, the GIP sought to identify what was 'intolerable' about the prison system and then to produce 'an active intolerance' of that same intolerable reality. To do this, the GIP 'gave prisoners the floor,' so as to hear from them about what to resist and how. The essays collected here explore the GIP's resources both for Foucault studies and for prison activism today.

About the authors

Perry Zurn is Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, USA.

 

Andrew Dilts is Assistant Professor of Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at Loyola Marymount University, USA.

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"This is a powerful and compelling set of essays exploring the context and legacy of the Prisons Information Group and how their work might be useful today. Decentering Foucault does more than rightly recognize the role of others in this group. It also helps us to understand Foucault's abiding interest in collaboration, an interest that is reflected in both his academic and activist work.' - Stuart Elden, University of Warwick, UK

"Active Intolerance is an important collection, one that deepens our philosophical and pragmatic understandings of the promises and compromises of contemporary abolitionist advocacy. Read this volume for contributions that allow us to pace the floor, working on our resistance and conflicted relationships in search of a better future.' Joy James, Williams College, USA, and author of Seeking the Beloved Community

"While we often hear about the liberal virtue of tolerance, Perry Zurn and Andrew Dilts' powerful and necessary collection makes a compelling case for the active cultivation of intolerance. Active Intolerance convinces us that we need to be intolerant of the prison and of the racist and carceral society of which mass incarceration is the extreme manifestation." - Chloe Taylor, University of Alberta, Canada

"Active Intolerance pushes our thinking about prisons, prisoners, public intellectuals, and abolition forward. There is something here for the Foucault scholar and prison abolitionist alike. The scholarship is insightful and it deepens our understanding of the problems of mass incarnation and how to work against it. This book must be reckoned with." - Rashad Shabazz, author of Spatializing Blackness: Architectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Active Intolerance: An Introduction

    Zurn, Perry (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • The Abolition of Philosophy

    McWhorter, Ladelle

    Pages 23-40

  • The Untimely Speech of the GIP Counter-Archive

    Huffer, Lynne

    Pages 41-58

  • Conduct and Power: Foucault’s Methodological Expansions in 1971

    Koopman, Colin

    Pages 59-74

  • Work and Failure: Assessing the Prisons Information Group

    Zurn, Perry

    Pages 75-91

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Active Intolerance
Book Subtitle
Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition
Editors
  • Perry Zurn
  • Andrew Dilts
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-51067-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137510679
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-51066-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-55286-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 297
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