Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality [NOOK Book]

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In this pathfinding study, Ross draws upon the life histories of imprisoned Native American women to demonstrate how race/ethnicity, gender, and class contribute to the criminalizing of various behaviors and subsequent incarceration rates. Drawing on the Native women's own words, she reveals the violence in their lives prior to incarceration, their respective responses to it, and how those responses affect their eventual criminalization and imprisonment. Comparisons with the experiences of white women in the same...
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Inventing the Savage: The Social Construction of Native American Criminality

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Overview

In this pathfinding study, Ross draws upon the life histories of imprisoned Native American women to demonstrate how race/ethnicity, gender, and class contribute to the criminalizing of various behaviors and subsequent incarceration rates. Drawing on the Native women's own words, she reveals the violence in their lives prior to incarceration, their respective responses to it, and how those responses affect their eventual criminalization and imprisonment. Comparisons with the experiences of white women in the same prison underline the significant role of race in determining women's experiences within the criminal justice system.
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What People Are Saying

Franke Wilmer
Professor Ross, through painstaking phenomenological analysis, has unmasked some of the ways in which (race, class, and gender) prejudices, and their internalization by individuals targeted by them, exert enormous influence on the processes and outcomes of the American criminal justice system.... This book will be of tremendous import to a broad, interdisciplinary audience.
-- Franke Wilmer, Associate Professor of Political Science, Montana State University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292787681
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 7/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,149,499
  • File size: 3 MB

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Colonization and the Social Construction of Deviance 9
1 Worlds Collide: New World, New Indians 11
2 Racializing Montana: The Creation of "Bad Indians" Continues 34
Pt. II Creating Dangerous Women: Narratives of Imprisoned Native American and White Women 73
3 Prisoner Profile: Past and Present 75
4 Lives Dictated by Violence 92
5 Experiences of Women in Prison: "They Keep Me at a Level Where They Can Control Me" 108
6 Rehabilitation or Control: "What Are They Trying to Do? Destroy Me?" 127
7 Prison Subculture: "It's All a Game and It Doesn't Make Sense to Me" 152
8 Motherhood Imprisoned: Images and Concerns of Imprisoned Mothers 178
9 Double Punishment: Weak Institutional Support for Imprisoned Mothers 192
10 Rehabilitation and Healing of Imprisoned Mothers 222
11 Narrative of a Native Woman on the Outside: Gloria Wells Norlin (Ka min di tat) 238
Epilogue 266
App.: Violations and Descriptions 271
Notes 275
Bibliography 287
Index 307
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