Berger's research focuses on the history of mass incarceration and its connection to movements for racial and economic justice. His work focuses on how prisons magnify inequality, how American social movements have contended with the realities of mass incarceration, and the challenges of decarceration in the contemporary moment. He is a blogger for Black Perspectives, has written for a variety of national as well as scholarly publications, and has served as coordinator of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association.
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Discusses the forced labor camps of the nineteenth century to the rebellious protests of the 1960s and 1970s to the rise of mass incarceration and its discontents. Chronicles the history of American prisons and the struggles for justice still echoing in the present day.
Shows how Black activists throughout the civil rights era thrust the prison into public view, turning prisoners into symbols of racial oppression while arguing that confinement was an inescapable part of Black life in the United States.