Walker Sheds Light on Race Making in Jail
Based on ethnographic data collected in a Southern California county jail system, Professor Michael Walker finds that inmates are subjected to two mutually constitutive racial projects - one institutional and the other microinteractional. Operating in symbiosis within a narrative of risk management, these racial projects increase (rather than decrease) incidents of intraracial violence and the potential for interracial violence. The full results of Professor Walker's study, along with implications for understanding the process of racialization and evaluating the effectiveness of penal management strategies, appeared in the American Journal of Sociology (2015, Volume 121, Issue 4).
Story published 08/2016