Active Intolerance

Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition

  • Editors
  • Perry Zurn
  • Andrew Dilts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Active Intolerance: An Introduction

    1. Perry Zurn, Andrew Dilts
      Pages 1-19
  3. History: The GIP and Foucault in Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Ladelle McWhorter
      Pages 23-40
    3. Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman
      Pages 92-92
  4. Body: Resistance and the Politics of Care

  5. Voice: Prisoners and the Public Intellectual

  6. Present: The Prison and Its Future(s)

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-297

About this book


This book is an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Le Groupe d'information sur les prisons (The Prisons Information Group, or GIP). The GIP was a radical activist group, extant between 1970 and 1973, in which Michel Foucault was heavily involved. It aimed to facilitate the circulation of information about living conditions in French prisons and, over time, it catalyzed several revolts and instigated minor reforms. In Foucault's words, the GIP sought to identify what was 'intolerable' about the prison system and then to produce 'an active intolerance' of that same intolerable reality. To do this, the GIP 'gave prisoners the floor,' so as to hear from them about what to resist and how. The essays collected here explore the GIP's resources both for Foucault studies and for prison activism today.


political theory critical prison studies Michel Foucault prison activism incarceration detention the Prisons Information Group prison abolition the GIP care demography Expansion feminism France history immigration Marx migration Nation philosophy police politics transformation

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