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“Through the Lens of Punishment & Dispossession”–Pem Buck studies whiteness in her own family

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Pem Davidson Buck is the author of Worked to the Bone: Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky and, more recently, The Punishment Monopoly: Tales of My Ancestors, Dispossession, and the Building of the United States. Her work involves the study of whiteness, discourses on inequality, incarceration, and the state formation of punishment. Here, introduced by Harry Targ, she discusses her work in “Through the Lens of Punishment and Dispossession: The Building of the United States,” an online presentation sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Buck begins by talking about Venis, an enslaved woman in the 1740s, who, Buck presumes, was, seven generations back, the source of her immigrant family’s race and class privilege in the US….

Worked to the Bone: Race, Class, Power, and Privilege in Kentucky

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