Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex Paperback – October 18, 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
"Please retry"
$17.62 $11.77

2016 Book Awards
Browse award-winning titles. See all 2016 winners
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews


"Captive Genders is a crucial book, furthering an understanding of the evolving struggle for sexual and gender liberation, driving home the impossibility of freeing some, but not all, and calling it victory."- Xtra! Canada's Gay and Lesbian News

"...this book provides a much needed reality check on how we, as queer and trans/gender-non-conforming people engage in politics relating to violence, the prison system, and so-called justice."- 2Bmag

"LGBT academics from all disciplines, as well as human rights activists, would find Captive Genders a valuable resource, as it is the first book that specifically addresses trans people in the Prison Industrial Complex."- Lambda Literary Review

"Moving beyond the memorializing of the 1969 New York City Stonewall Riots as the inception of the gay liberation movement, the book's opening texts introduce a vast, unofficial archive of transgender and queer opposition to state violence and criminalization."- Postmodern Culture

"Now we have a wonderful new weapon both for deepening our understanding of the system and for building solidarity in Captive Genders..." Social Text

About the Author

Eric A. Stanley works at the intersections of radical trans/queer politics, theories of state violence, and visual culture. Eric is currently finishing a PhD in the History of Consciousness department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Along with Chris Vargas, Eric is a co-director of the films Homotopia (2006) and Criminal Queers (2011).

Nat Smith is a light-skinned Black queer gender variant nerd who loves camping, comics, animals, sci-fi, and mathematical equations and is proof that none of these things is antithetical to being from the 'hood. Known to associate with such dangerous organizations as Critical Resistance and Trans/Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project, you can find Nat casually dropping the "PIC abolition" bomb all while in line for wings.

Interested in the Audiobook Edition?
If you’re the author, publisher, or rights holder of this book, let ACX help you produce the audiobook.Learn more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: AK Press (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849350701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849350709
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #864,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Paperback
With the mainstream capitalist LGBT movement veering to the far right, advocating a reactionary pro-police, pro-prison, pro-war political agenda, this brilliant new book from AK Press is an urgent intervention, challenging us all to join the struggle to abolish the prison industrial complex. With essays by current and former prisoners, academics, and political activists, this book presents both a radical history of trans/queer resistance to state violence and a profound understanding of how the politics of race, class, gender, and sexuality intersect. From police raids of gay bars to prisoners demanding access to HIV medications, this book clearly shows how the state violates the human rights of LGBT people and why we should not rely upon it for our protection. As such, we should not be fooled by right-wing gay lobbyists into supporting hate crime legislation, which rather than addressing the root causes of homophobic and transphobic violence only serves to strengthen the prison industrial complex which disproportionately punishes people of color, poor people, and the LGBT community. One of the very best LGBT books I've ever read, I encourage everyone, regardless of your sexuality and gender identity, to read it immediately. It is that important.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Powerful anthology featuring voices of those who are invisible. Focuses on queer/trans experiences in the prison industrial complex. I'm a university instructor and I have used several of the articles in this text to supplement my courses.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Great collection of experiences, linking gender expression to incarceration and other systems of exclusion and exploitation.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse