Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out

Soledad Women: Wives of Prisoners Speak Out

by Lori B. Girshick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275954099

ISBN-13: 9780275954093

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

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.

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

Prologue: I Leave in the Dark of Morning

Introduction

Why Study Wives of Prisoners?

Families and Incarceration

Data

Living with Secrets

Relationship Realities

Family Finances

Visiting at the Prison

Dealing with the System

The Role of the Family

Conclusion

Prison Policy and Recommendations

Wives as Caretakers: There's More to It than That

Appendix A: Questionnaire

Appendix B: Follow-up Survey Summary

Appendix C: The Author on Her Research Experience

References

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