By Beth E. Richie
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Instead, I merely highlight some of the key events, major organizations, and influential theorists who are challenging the anti-violence movement and the process of prison buildup, hoping to thereby reveal possibilities for change. I believe that it is through everyday acts of resistance—the micro-activities that are based on Black feminist politics and the slow but consistent erosion of white supremacy and male power that characterize this work—that the foundation for change will be set. Chapter 6, the concluding chapter, sets out this foundation.
The second part of the chapter reviews the analyses of causes and consequences of abuse, providing a theoretical framework for understanding the social and political context of the stories told at the beginning of the chapter. Chapter 3 provides the historical backdrop to the data by presenting a chronology of the anti-violence movement in the United States that coincided with the buildup of America’s prison nation, which is described in chapter 4. Specifically, I focus on the various critical junctures when ideological, political, and economic decisions won mainstream support for reformists’ strategies to end male violence against women while reflecting a decreased commitment to some of the more radical tenets of the work.
They provided a way for me to frame difficult questions about the relevance of the feminist-based intervention programs that have been created over the past 25 years, and about the outcomes of the social change movement that has dedicated itself to ending violence against women in this country. Indeed, I read the stories as illustrations of how profoundly inadequate some of these efforts have been, particularly the over-reliance on law enforcement. More subtly, perhaps, Black women like Tanya, Ms.