Building from Module Three’s discussion of the origins of the modern child welfare system, Module Four presents an overview of the carceral logic that undergirds today’s child welfare system and the functions of surveillance, regulation, and punishment that emerge from this carceral logic.

Module Four also describes the ways in which these functions of surveillance, regulation, and punishment are rooted in the mechanisms used to maintain the oppression of Black people during the era of chattel slavery and have since evolved to achieve this same purpose through today’s family policing system.

The Carceral Logic of the Family Policing System

Police Reform and Carceral Logic with Christy Lopez, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

Mechanisms of Surveillance

Regulating Families

Compliance by Punishment

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