Girls in Trouble with the Law / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In Girls in Trouble with the Law, sociologist Laurie Schaffner takes us inside juvenile detention centers and explores the worlds of the young women incarcerated within. Across the nation, girls of color are disproportionately represented in detention facilities, and many report having experienced physical harm and sexual assaults. For girls, the meaning of these and other factors such as the violence they experience remain undertheorized and below the radar of mainstream sociolegal scholarship. When gender is considered as an analytic category, Schaffner shows how gender is often seen through an outmoded lens.
Offering a critical assessment of what she describes as a gender-insensitive juvenile legal system, Schaffner makes a compelling argument that current policies do not go far enough to empower disadvantaged girls so that communities can assist them in overcoming the social limitations and gender, sexual, and racial/ethnic discrimination that continue to plague young women growing up in contemporary United States.
About the Author
Laurie Schaffner is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations List of Tables Preface Introduction: Girls Trouble with the Law 1 New Troubles for Girls 2 Injury, Gender, and Trouble 3 Empty Families, Sexuality, and Trouble 4 Geder, Violence, and Trouble 5 Children, Gender, and Corrections 6 Conclusion: Pathways, Policies, Programs, and Politics
What People are Saying About This
Girls in Trouble with the Law offers readers a brilliant window for re-viewing the gender, race, and class politics of juvenile justice. Readers will be filled with outrage, and yet fueled by Schaffner's passionate sense of possibility and vision for 'what must be.'
This is a superb work, intermingling poetry, narrative, interviews, and examples to create a fascinating overview of what girls experience in the juvenile corrections system, as well as how they are perceived by the people entrusted with their care. Schaffner's book is well-conceived and beautifully written.