A Woman Doing Life is the only book that tells stories of women in prison from the inside out. Author and initiate Erin George draws a vivid and uniquely raw portrait of female life in prison, detailing her own responses to incarceration as well as her observations of prison relationships, death and sickness, reactions from friends and family, and even "cooking" in prison. The text also features poignant stories from other female inmates.
Edited by Robert Johnson—esteemed scholar and editor of Victor Hassine's Life Without Parole, Fourth Edition (OUP, 2009)—each chapter of the text opens with a helpful introduction that guides students as they read. An Afterword by noted scholar Joycelyn Pollock further helps place inmate testimonies into an academic context.
Offering profound insight into the too-often neglected issue of women in the criminal justice system, A Woman Doing Life is a must for courses in women and crime, gender and crime, and women in prison.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
Table of Contents
Introduction Robert Johnson 1
Chapter 1 Jail Time 3
Chapter 2 Prison Time 26
Chapter 3 Love in a Cold Climate 45
Chapter 4 Violence Behind Bars: Women, Mano a Mano 54
Chapter 5 Shakedowns, Fakedowns, and Solitary Confinement 61
Chapter 6 Quality of Life (Loosely Defined) 85
Chapter 7 Living with Loss 97
Chapter 8 Programs, Privileges, and Oases of Creativity 115
Chapter 9 The Sick and the Dead 130
Chapter 10 Other Voices, Other Venues: Self-Portraits by Women in Prison 141
Chapter 11 Looking Out and Looking Back: Recidivism and Religion; Remorse and Redemption 154
Origami Heart Erin George 174
Afterword Joycelyn Pollock 176
Appendix A Terms of Entanglement: A Prison Glossary 186
Appendix B A Prison Cookbook 196