After Accountability: A Critical Genealogy of a Concept by Pinko
On October 6, 2023, we celebrated the launch of After Accountability: A Critical Genealogy of a Concept edited by Pinko, with a panel discussion between contributors to the book: M.E. O'Brien, Kim Diehl, Esteban Kelly, and Pilar Maschi.
About the book
A concept just short of a program, accountability has been taken up as a core principle within leftist organizing and activity over the past quarter century. While it invokes a particular vocabulary and set of procedures, it has also come to describe a more expansive, if often vague, approach to addressing harm within movement work. The term’s sudden, widespread adoption as abolitionist concepts began to circulate broadly in recent years cast light on certain shifts in its meaning, renewing the urgency of understanding its relation to militant history and practice.
After Accountability is an oral history and critical genealogy of this decisive movement concept that gathers interviews with eight transformative justice practitioners, socialist labor organizers, incarcerated abolitionists, and activists on the left conducted by members of the Pinko collective. An investigation into the theoretical foundations and current practice of accountability, this volume explores the term’s potential and limits, discovering in it traces of the past half-century’s struggles over the absence of community and the form revolutionary activity should take.
Published by Pinko and Wendy’s Subway on the occasion of Pinko’s participation in the Wendy’s Subway Residency Program in Spring 2021.