Prison Masculinities / Edition 1

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Sabo (sociology, D'Youville Coll.), Terry Kupers (psychiatry, Wright Inst.), and poet, essayist, and prisoner Willie London (Eastern Corrections) have edited this well-structured compendium of often disturbing analyses, overviews, and personal expressions of the role gender and race dynamics play in the politics, economy, and hierarchical culture of American prisons. "Tough" male inmates--emotionally and physically dominant, ruthlessly competitive, and violent--rule less-dominant prison inhabitants, displaying exaggerated characteristics of the hegemonic masculinity evident in various degrees elsewhere in America. Correlations are made between a rising young, black prison population; mandatory and determinant sentencing laws; and the abandonment of educational and rehabilitation programs for harsh and punitive "intimidate and control" policies. The authors instead strongly recommend, among other things, emphasizing mentoring and educating juveniles at risk, revising treatment plans for nonviolent criminals and drug law offenders, and encouraging meaningful vocational preparedness. Highly recommended for professionals, academics, and the general public.--Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Coll. of Technology, Alfred Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566398169
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/19/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction 1
Gender and the Politics of Punishment 3
Pt. II Historical Roots and Contemporary Trends 19
Penitence for the Privileged: Manhood, Race, and Penitentiaries in Early America 21
Race, Gender, and Prison History: From the Convict Lease System to the Supermax Prison 35
Crime, Politics, and Community Since the 1990s 46
The Elements of Crime 54
A World without Softness 56
Slave Ship 57
Pt. III The Social Construction of Prison Masculinities 59
Doing Time, Doing Masculinity: Sports and Prison 61
Masculinities, Crime, and Prison 67
Grappling with Issues of Privilege: A Male Prison Worker's Perspective 73
The Culture of Transgression: Initiations into the Homosociality of a Midwestern State Prison 78
Male Prisoners: Privacy, Suffering, and the Legal Construction of Masculinity 93
Boyz II Men 103
Devil's Den 104
My Mother Death 105
Prison Friendships 106
Pt. IV Sexualities, Sexual Violence, and Intimacy in Prison 109
Rape and the Prison Code 111
A Million Jockers, Punks, and Queens 118
The Story of a Black Punk 127
The Wall of Silence: Prison Rape and Feminist Politics 133
A Moment 137
Caged and Celibate 139
The Phone 143
Be Not So Quick to Judge 145
Reflections 148
Skin Blind 150
Once More I Dream 153
Pt. V Men's Health in Prison 155
Preventive Health Strategies for Men in Prison 157
Sentence - Death by Lethal Infection: IV-Drug Use and Infectious Disease Transmission in North American Prisons 173
Deliberate Indifference 184
Mental Health in Men's Prisons 192
Night Crier 198
Pt. VI Prison Reform, Reforming Prison Masculinities 201
Scars 203
Boys Are Not Men: Notes on Working with Adolescent Males in Juvenile Detention 207
Support Groups for Men in Prison: The Fellowship of the King of Hearts 218
The Anti-Exploits of Men Against Sexism, 1977-78 224
Men Helping Men: Facilitating Therapy Groups for Sex Offenders 230
Litigation, Advocacy, and Self-Respect 239
Rehabilitating Prison Labor: The Uses of Imprisoned Masculinity 247
Reentry: Prospects for Postrelease Success 255
For Further Reading 265
About the Contributors 269
Index 273
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