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Spatializing BlacknessArchitectures of Confinement and Black Masculinity in Chicago$
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Rashad Shabazz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039645

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039645.001.0001

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“Sores in the City”

“Sores in the City”

A Genealogy of the Almighty Black P. Stone Rangers

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Spatializing Blackness

Rashad Shabazz

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the role of carceral power in the rise of Black gangs and particularly in the sociospatial production of Black masculinity. Focusing on the period between 1960 and the early 1980s, it considers how carceral power contributed to the emergence of the Almighty Black P. Stone Rangers street gang. It also explores how policing in Black Chicago and the growing prison industrial complex led to the incarceration of many gang members and Black men in Chicago. In Chicago (as well as other cities throughout the Black diaspora) gangs played a crucial role in the performance of Black masculinity. They did so not simply because of their swagger, clothing, or saturation, but because they were the group who had the strongest relationship with the criminal justice system. This chapter discusses the interrelationships among carceral space, Black gangs, prison masculinity, and the elements of masculinity in carceral institutions.

Keywords:   carceral power, Black gangs, Black masculinity, Almighty Black P. Stone Rangers, policing, incarceration, Black men, carceral space, prison masculinity

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