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

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

by Lynne Haney
     
 


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 alternative, community-based prisons-a type of facility that is becoming increasingly widespread. Incorporating vivid, sometimes shockingSee more details below

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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 alternative, community-based prisons-a type of facility that is becoming increasingly widespread. Incorporating vivid, sometimes shocking observations of daily life, she probes the dynamics of power over women's minds and bodies that play out in two such institutions in California. She finds that these “alternative” prisons, contrary to their aims, often end up disempowering women, transforming their social vulnerabilities into personal pathologies, and pushing them into a state of disentitlement. Uncovering the complex gendered underpinning of methods of control and intervention used in the criminal justice system today, Offending Women links that system to broader discussions on contemporary government and state power, asks why these strategies have arisen at this particular moment in time, and considers what forms of citizenship they have given rise to.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520261914
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/10/2010
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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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