We are open but due to high demand and courier delays, delivery times are expected to be longer.
0

Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Becoming Abolitionists: An Invitation by Derecka Purnell

"An informed, provocative, astute consideration of salvific alternatives to contemporary policing and imprisonment."
- Starred Review, Kirkus

" Purnell draws convincing parallels between the past and the present to demonstrate that today's policing systems are vestiges of this oppressive framework ... She is in such command of her material that even if you disagree with her, you are compelled to listen."
- The Guardian (UK)

"Part memoir, part political and social commentary, the St. Louis native's genre-bending book demonstrates her road to adopting abolitionist politics and makes the argument for why the new abolitionism - the push to end prisons and policing in the United States - ought to be the future of the country."
- Kovie Biakolo, Essence
For more than a century, activists in the United States have tried to reform the police. From community policing initiatives to increasing diversity, none of it has stopped the police from killing about three people a day. Millions of people continue to protest police violence because these "solutions" do not match the problem- the police cannot be reformed.

In Becoming Abolitionists, Purnell draws from her experiences as a lawyer, writer, and organizer initially skeptical about police abolition. She saw too much sexual violence and buried too many friends to consider getting rid of police in her hometown of St. Louis, let alone the nation. But the police were a placebo. Calling them felt like something, and something feels like everything when the other option seems like nothing.

Purnell details how multi-racial social movements rooted in rebellion, risk-taking, and revolutionary love pushed her and a generation of activists toward abolition. The book travels across geography and time, and offers lessons that activists have learned from Ferguson to South Africa, from Reconstruction to contemporary protests against police shootings.

Here, Purnell argues that police can not be reformed and invites readers to envision new systems that work to address the root causes of violence. Becoming Abolitionists shows that abolition is not solely about getting rid of police, but a commitment to create and support different answers to the problem of harm in society, and, most excitingly, an opportunity to reduce and eliminate harm in the first place.

Buy Becoming Abolitionists: An Invitation by Derecka Purnell from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9781662600517
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Minedition (imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc)
Publisher: Astra Publishing House
Publish Date: 5-Oct-2021
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - Becoming Abolitionists: An Invitation by Derecka Purnell

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Becoming Abolitionists: An Invitation book by Derecka Purnell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)


A Preview for this title is currently not available.