Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out

Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out

by Lori B. Girshick
     
 

Little attention has been paid to the lives led by families of prisoners. Using a feminist approach, the author explores how the lives of 25 wives of prisoners at Soledad prison are affected by the incarceration of their husbands. Relationships, stigma, coping, finances, children, the prison system, and rehabilitation are explored through in-depth interviews. This

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Little attention has been paid to the lives led by families of prisoners. Using a feminist approach, the author explores how the lives of 25 wives of prisoners at Soledad prison are affected by the incarceration of their husbands. Relationships, stigma, coping, finances, children, the prison system, and rehabilitation are explored through in-depth interviews. This study describes the experiences of the wives and seeks to connect their experiences to a conceptual framework that explores the context of sex, race, and class inequalities. The author discusses prison policy recommendations to improve the lot of prisoners' families, emphasizing the ways in which life is organized in families where the husband/father is imprisoned. Several themes emerge in this work. The powerful role of the wife, women as caretakers, and the subordinate position these women hold in society due to their sex, class, and race, are some examples. Recommendations are made to ease the burden of visiting, and encourage maintenance of family roles.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275954093
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1070L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue: I Leave in the Dark of Morning1
Ch. 1Why Study Wives of Prisoners?9
Ch. 2Families and Incarceration23
Ch. 3Living with Secrets35
Ch. 4Relationship Realities47
Ch. 5Family Finances59
Ch. 6Visiting at the Prison69
Ch. 7Dealing with the System81
Ch. 8The Role of the Family95
Ch. 9Prison Policy and Recommendations109
Ch. 10Wives as Caretakers: There's More to It than That117
Appendix A Questionnaire123
Appendix B Follow-up Survey Summary127
Appendix C The Author on Her Research Experience131
References135
Index143

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