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

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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: 5/28/2002
  • Series: Haworth Innovations in Feminist Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
Introduction to Art and Women at the Margins 1
Ch. 1 Increasing Inequality: The Ascendancy of Neoconservatism and Institutional Exclusion of Poor Women 5
Sect. I Increasing the Dual Control of Women and Distorting their Strength
Ch. 2 Welfare Reform: Tightening the Screws 33
Ch. 3 The Forgotten Group: Women in Prisons and Jails 55
Ch. 4 The Storm Is Passing Over: Marginalized African-American Women 87
Sect. II Blockages to Autonomy
Ch. 5 The Controllers and the Controlled 103
Ch. 6 Welfare Reform Now That We Know It: Enforcing Women's Poverty and Preventing Self-Sufficiency 125
Ch. 7 Low-Income Women and Housing: Where Will They Live? 151
Sect. III Gender, Age, and Health Interactions
Ch. 8 Triple Jeopardy: Women Marginalized by Substance Abuse, Poverty, and Incarceration 175
Ch. 9 Life at the Margins: Older Women Living in Poverty 203
Ch. 10 Teenage Pregnancy: Mediating Rotten Outcomes and Improving Opportunities 229
Sect. IV Bad Women, Undeserving Mothers
Ch. 11 Controlled and Excluded: Reproduction and Motherhood Among Poor and Imprisoned Women 253
Ch. 12 Children and Their Incarcerated Mothers 271
Ch. 13 Women's Recidivism and Reintegration: Two Sides of the Same Coin 295
Sect. V Pragmatic Knowledge, Legal Redressing, and Women's Solidarity
Ch. 14 Charity, Ideology, and Exclusion: Continuities and Resistance in U.S. Welfare Reform 321
Ch. 15 Women, the Law, and the Justice System: Neglect, Violence, and Resistance 347
Ch. 16 Borders and Bridges: Building New Directions for the Women's Movement 375
Sect. VI Action Strategies for Today
Ch. 17 Whither the Twenty-First Century for Women at the Margins: Resistance and Action 407
Index 421
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