Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance / Edition 1

Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance / Edition 1

by J Dianne Garner, Rosemary Sarri, Josefina Figueira-Mcdonough
     
 

ISBN-10: 1560239727

ISBN-13: 9781560239727

Pub. Date: 05/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

A compelling look at the crisis of disadvantaged women This powerful document takes a sobering look at the phenomenon of marginalized women pushed to the edges of society, holding on with the barest of hope and extraordinary bravery. Handicapped by the increasing societal inequality they face as an everyday fact of life, these women (and in many cases, their

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A compelling look at the crisis of disadvantaged women This powerful document takes a sobering look at the phenomenon of marginalized women pushed to the edges of society, holding on with the barest of hope and extraordinary bravery. Handicapped by the increasing societal inequality they face as an everyday fact of life, these women (and in many cases, their children) have been disconnected from the mainstream for reasons of age, race, gender, health, incarceration, domestic abuse, unwanted pregnancy, unemployment, and economic circumstance. They are poor in an affluent society, powerless in a powerful nation, and the suffering caused by their exclusion is poignant and troubling.

Eloquently illustrated with poetry, art, and prose created by marginalized women, Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance makes a compelling argument for social change. The book offers a no-holds-barred look at how economic restructuring, welfare reform, neo-conservative ideology, and institutional exclusion have locked women into subservient, substandard roles, stripping them of their citizenship and rendering them expendable. Diverse authors track the life cycle of marginalized women, from teenage pregnancy to the lonliness of older women in poverty or prison.

Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance addresses:

  • the effects of welfare reform
  • the forgotten group: women in prison and jail
  • low-income women and housing
  • women marginalized by substance abuse, poverty, and incarceration
  • teenage pregnancy
  • children and their incarcerated mothers
  • recidivism and reintegration
  • women, law, and the justice system
  • and much more!

    Women at the Margins: Neglect, Punishment, and Resistance acknowledges the long history of the inequality faced by women living in exclusion but focuses on the present with a hopeful but realistic eye toward the future. It is an indispensible resource for sociology, social work, legal and penal system professionals, and academics, and an essential read for everyone.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560239727
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/28/2002
Series:
Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
462
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Contributors
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction to Art and Women at the Margins1
Ch. 1Increasing Inequality: The Ascendancy of Neoconservatism and Institutional Exclusion of Poor Women5
Sect. IIncreasing the Dual Control of Women and Distorting their Strength
Ch. 2Welfare Reform: Tightening the Screws33
Ch. 3The Forgotten Group: Women in Prisons and Jails55
Ch. 4The Storm Is Passing Over: Marginalized African-American Women87
Sect. IIBlockages to Autonomy
Ch. 5The Controllers and the Controlled103
Ch. 6Welfare Reform Now That We Know It: Enforcing Women's Poverty and Preventing Self-Sufficiency125
Ch. 7Low-Income Women and Housing: Where Will They Live?151
Sect. IIIGender, Age, and Health Interactions
Ch. 8Triple Jeopardy: Women Marginalized by Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Incarceration175
Ch. 9Life at the Margins: Older Women Living in Poverty203
Ch. 10Teenage Pregnancy: Mediating Rotten Outcomes and Improving Opportunities229
Sect. IVBad Women, Undeserving Mothers
Ch. 11Controlled and Excluded: Reproduction and Motherhood Among Poor and Imprisoned Women253
Ch. 12Children and Their Incarcerated Mothers271
Ch. 13Women's Recidivism and Reintegration: Two Sides of the Same Coin295
Sect. VPragmatic Knowledge, Legal Redressing, and Women's Solidarity
Ch. 14Charity, Ideology, and Exclusion: Continuities and Resistance in U.S. Welfare Reform321
Ch. 15Women, the Law, and the Justice System: Neglect, Violence, and Resistance347
Ch. 16Borders and Bridges: Building New Directions for the Women's Movement375
Sect. VIAction Strategies for Today
Ch. 17Whither the Twenty-First Century for Women at the Margins: Resistance and Action407
Index421

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