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Radical Philosophy Review

Volume 17, Issue 2, 2014

Special Project: Political Theory and Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration

Sarah Tyson
Pages 421-434

Experiments in Responsibility
Pocket Parks, Radical Anti-Violence Work, and the Social Ontology of Safety

Sex offender registries have given way to residency restrictions for people convicted of sex crimes in many communities in the US. Research suggests, however, that such restrictions can actually undermine the safety of the communities they are ostensibly meant to protect. Drawing on the work of Judith Butler, this essay explores why such restrictions, and strategies like them, fail and are bound to fail. Then, it considers the work of generationFIVE, an organization that seeks to eliminate child sexual abuse in five generations, to explore modes of response to sexual abuse and assault that build community safety.

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