Abolitionary Listening: Propositions & Questions

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Kalule, P., Kanngieser AM and Arthur CC (2021). Abolitionary Listening: Propositions & Questions.
AuthorsKalule, P., Kanngieser AM and Arthur CC
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If listening is a technique or practice of the law, which is to say also of politics/police, what would an abolitionary listening sound like? The state listens and demands a listening disposition, listening is critical to all processes of arrest, adjudication and incarceration. The voice of the witness becomes evidence. Indeed, the ‘act of listening’ to the witness becomes evidentiary. But these listenings assume and constrain possibilities for freedom. In this piece, we move through propositions that invite an opening up to how, if at all, an abolitionary listening might take place. The “we” we use is intended to be multi-directional and polyphonic. It is a “we” we use as authors, as readers, and as listeners. Our thinking with and listening to the “uncapturable” seeks to unrepresent monological and univocal narratives of intelligibility, rationality, and social consensus.

Year2021
Web address (URL)https://criticallegalthinking.com/2021/09/22/abolitionary-listening-propositions-questions/
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