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Restating the Obvious
ByRUTH WILSON GILMORE AND CRAIG GILMORE
Pages 22

We propose that a key way to understand what the state has become, and a fundamental structure of the expansive neoliberal, or as we call it “antistate state,” is to consider the expanded use of cages as catch-all solutions to social and political problems. What are the ideological and material components of this extraordinary proliferation of cages and the policing, courts, belief-systems, and pundits who make them seem so naturally a part of the contemporary landscape? Prisons are symptomatic and emblematic of antistate state-building, and they are therefore concrete manifestations of a dour future for all insofar as they congeal within both novel and reworked state apparatuses a deadly present for many.