Offending Women: Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire / Edition 1

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Overview

Offending Women is an eye-opening journey into the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today. Lynne Haney looks at incarcerated mothers, housed together with their children, who are serving terms in increasingly widespread community-based prisons. Incorporating vivid, sometimes shocking observations of daily life, Haney probes the dynamics of power over women's minds and bodies that play out in two such institutions in California.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I strongly recommend this book. Haney's account is rich with ethnographic detail that brings life to abstract debates about mode of governance and the state."--American Journal of Sociology / Ajs

"Enriched with vivid images and details on incarcerated women's lives, this book reminds us of incarcerated women's social realities."--Feminist Review

"Insightful. . . . This book will appeal to persons with an interest in women's studies."--Law & Politics Book Review

"Offending women makes excellent use of ethnographic material and close observation to build a compelling analysis of two state institutions."--British Jrnl of Sociology

American Journal Of Sociology / AJS

“I strongly recommend this book. Haney’s account is rich with ethnographic detail that brings life to abstract debates about mode of governance and the state.”
Feminist Review - Olivera Simic

“Enriched with vivid images and details on incarcerated women’s lives, this book reminds us of incarcerated women’s social realities.”
Law & Politics Book Review - Jack E. Call

“Insightful. . . . This book will appeal to persons with an interest in women’s studies.”
British Jrnl Of Sociology

“Offending women makes excellent use of ethnographic material and close observation to build a compelling analysis of two state institutions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520261907
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Lynne A. Haney is Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary and a coauthor of Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections, and Imaginations in a Postmodern World (both available from UC Press). She is also the editor of Families of a New World: Gender, Politics, and State Development in a Global Context.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: An Ethnographic Journey across States 1

Part I In a State of Dependence

1 Limited Government: Training Women What to Need 29

2 Deconstructing Dependency: Needs, Rights, and the Struggle for Entitlement 57

3 Hybrid States and Government from a Distance 86

Part II In a State of Recovery

4 State Therapeutics: Training Women What to Want 115

5 The Empowerment Myth: Social Vulnerability as Personal Pathology 150

6 The Enemies Within: Fighting the Sisters and Numbing the Self 178

Conclusion: States of Disentitlement and the Therapeutics of Neoliberalism 207

Notes 227

Bibliography 263

Index 279

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