Abolitionist Broken Windows and the Violence of Power Relations


  • Ren-yo Hwang Mount Holyoke College



Author Biography

Ren-yo Hwang, Mount Holyoke College

Ren-yo Hwang is Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Social Thought at Mount Holyoke College. They specialize in queer- and transgender-of-color critique, feminist-of-color anti-violence initiatives and genealogies, abolition, transformative justice, and community accountability. Hwang’s essays have appeared in such venues as Transgender Studies Quarterly and Critical Ethnic Studies Journal.


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Thompson, Kevin and Perry Zurn, ed., Intolerable: Writings from Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group, 1970–1980, trans. Perry Zurn and Erik Beranek. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2021.




How to Cite

Hwang, R.- yo. (2021). Abolitionist Broken Windows and the Violence of Power Relations. Foucault Studies, (31), 89–93. https://doi.org/10.22439/fs.vi31.6462



Symposium: Intolerable