Mothering from the Inside: Parenting in a Women's Prison

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Overview

Explores how women in prison manage to mother their children from behind bars.
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Editorial Reviews

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“As increasing numbers of women are incarcerated, concern for their children is an issue that must be addressed. Women in prison usually identify concern for their children as their primary priority. This book addresses how inmate mothers manage motherhood within the prison setting. The author has identified a subject which is of important concern for mothers in prison and their children in the community. In addition, the policy implications of this issue for correctional administrators and ultimately society at large are also addressed. …well developed, engaging, and clear.” — Zelma W. Henriques, author of Imprisoned Mothers and Their Children
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The majority of female prison inmates are also mothers of children under age 18. This study reveals how inmate mothers find places for their children to live, manage relationships with caregivers, demonstrate their fitness as mothers, and negotiate rights to their children under challenging circumstances. The impact of race, ethnicity, and marginality on women in prison is traced through the development of the women's motherhood careers. Enos teaches sociology at Rhode Island College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791448502
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2001
  • Series: Suny Series, Women, Crime and Criminology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 772,936
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Enos is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College.

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Table of Contents

Ackowledgments

1. Mothers in Prison: The Impact of Race and Ethnicity

2. The Challenge of Mothering on the Inside

3. Arranging Care and Managing Caretakers

4. Demonstrating Fitness and Negotiating Ownership of Children

5. Constructing and Managing Motherhood, Drugs, and Crime

6. Conclusions and Recommendations

Afterword: "You Know What I'm Sayin'?"

Appendix A
Appendix B

Bibliography
Index

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