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The cage has two sides : an ethical perspective of prison abolition

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dc.contributor.advisor Orosco, Joseph A.
dc.creator Lenn, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-15T22:50:23Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-15T22:50:23Z
dc.date.copyright 2012-05-04
dc.date.issued 2012-05-04
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/29222
dc.description Graduation date: 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract Current calls for prison abolition have been met with major public resistance. It is time for movements for prison abolition to engage with these questions: How have contemporary people of the United States come to accept mass incarceration and the prison industrial complex, and, what is the impact? Using an ethical framework informed by Martin Buber's I-It and I-Thou and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s ethical demands for integration, this thesis shows that the prison industrial complex is harmful to members of the free public by preventing our ability to recognize the full humanity of those sent behind bars, and therefore ourselves. Our system of mass incarceration relies upon the willingness of the society to first objectify criminals in order to rationalize their dehumanization through incarceration. By internalizing the practice of dehumanizing others, our humanity is objectified and our best moral self is compromised to ensure the prison industrial complex continues. The abolitionist movement must gain this insight in order to effectively address the fundamental ethical issue of prisons and also to connect the free victims to a dominating system of dehumanization, the prison industrial complex. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Prisons en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject Abolition en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prisons -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Imprisonment -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prison-industrial complex -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Criminal justice, Administration of -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Prisoners -- Moral and ethical aspects en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Discrimination in criminal justice administration en_US
dc.title The cage has two sides : an ethical perspective of prison abolition en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts (M.A.) in Applied Ethics en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Kaplan, Jonathan
dc.contributor.committeemember Inderbitzin, Michelle
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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