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

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Overview


“Lynne Haney is already an important voice in the sociology of welfare but this book marks her debut as a major figure in the sociology of punishment and the study of governmentality. Offending Women is a fascinating work that combines rich ethnographic detail with a structural account of the changing contours of contemporary governance. Its original contributions to prison ethnography, women's studies, and the sociology of the penal-welfare state will make it a reference point in each of these disciplines.”—David Garland, author of The Culture of Control

Offending Women is an exemplary piece of work. Haney's writing is engaging, crisp, and smart. She brilliantly assesses the various intentions of the state and incarcerated women and clarifies how these intentions are based on orientations toward punishment and 'healing' that demand fundamental rethinking.”—Rickie Solinger, author of Pregnancy and Power and co-editor of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States

"Lynne Haney brings together her stupendous skills as an ethnographer and her theoretical insights into how states work to explain how the treatment of imprisoned women has changed over the past decade. An altogether brilliant book."—Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin

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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: 9780520261914
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 2/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (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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