The figure of “the criminal” permeates the symbolic, ideological, and militarized racial-­economic foundations of the U.S. nation-­building project. Gendered racial notions of criminality permeate the foundations of U.S. modernity, structuring the primary power relations of chattel enslavement, (conquest and settler) colonialism, global imperialism, and variations of domestic warfare (from Manifest Destiny to the War on Drugs).

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