Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered, Black Women


First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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First published in 1996. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
While African Americans consider how to accommodate participation in the feminist and black nationalist movements, Richie has taken on one of the most contested issues within the community: African American women battered by African American men. For her study, Richie concentrates on a group of 37 women detained at Rikers Island, who come from a background of poverty and physical and emotional abuse. Richie claims that their experiences represent the extreme of what many African American women undergo as a result of marginalization and hard choices. Throughout she emphasizes her theory of gender entrapment, whereby society provides these women-most of whom want to conform to societal norms-with no socially acceptable way to change their position, making incarceration almost inevitable. Many of the interviewees were determined not to speak out against African American men, believing that their partners already have fewer opportunities than they do. Others believe that, having participated in criminal acts, they are prohibited from taking advantage of social programs designed to help battered women. Although often academically dry and statistical, Richie's book still allows ample room for the women's compelling life histories. She does not, however, offer suggestions for solutions. Hope doesn't illuminate this book-just cold, hard facts. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415911450
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/5/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 829,308
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Life Histories: Listening to the Women's Stories 16
3 Gender-Identity Development: "Growing up as a Black girl was hard, but good" 31
4 Trapped by Violence: "Just trying to deal with the force of his blows" 69
5 Six Paths to Crime: "I was running, dealing, robbing, and stealing" 101
6 The Story of Gender Entrapment: Considering the Context 132
7 Conclusion 159
Notes 165
Bibliography 171
Index 183
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