Alternative Space and Its Limits

Adam D. Reich

in Hidden Truth

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780520262669
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947788 | DOI:
Alternative Space and Its Limits

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This chapter explores the possibility of critical practice outside of juvenile prison and correctional facilities. It focuses on AS220's Broad Street Studio, an organization that works with young people after release from the correctional facility Rhode Island Training School, and discusses the ways in which it succeeds at sustaining critical practice. The Studio sustained critical practice through the creation of an alternative space outside the parameters of the Game of Outlaw or the Game of Law. Young men and young women released from the Training School worked to enact new conceptions of work and family to sustain their newfound consciousness and political work at the Studio. However, for these people, critical practice is difficult to sustain outside prison, as the world does not change as a result of their incarceration, and the Game of Outlaw remains strong. The understanding of young men to desist crime gets little support from the outside environment, which provides more resources and greater support to both the Game of Outlaw (drug money, peer status, etc.) and to the Game of Law (drug testing, surveillance, etc.) than it does to critical practice.

Keywords: juvenile prison; juvenile correctional facilities; young men; Broad Street Studio; Game of Outlaw; Game of Law

Chapter.  4485 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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