Inventing the Savage The Social Construction of Native American Criminality

ISBN-10: 0292770847
ISBN-13: 9780292770843
Edition: 1998
Authors: Luana Ross
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 326
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Luana Ross writes, "Native Americans disappear into Euro-American institutions of confinement at alarming rates. People from my reservation appeared to simply vanish and magically return. [As a child] I did not realize what a 'real' prison was and did not give it any thought. I imagined this as normal; that all families had relatives who went away and then returned." In this pathfinding study, Ross draws upon the life histories of imprisoned Native American women to demonstrate how race/ethnicity, gender, and class contribute to the criminalizing of various behaviors and subsequent incarceration rates. Drawing on the Native women' own words, she reveals the violence in their lives prior to incarceration, their respective responses to it, and how those responses affect their eventual criminalization and imprisonment. Comparisons with the experiences of white women in the same prison underline the significant role of race in determining women' experiences within the criminal justice system.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Colonization and the Social Construction of Deviance
Worlds Collide: New World, New Indians
Racializing Montana: The Creation of "Bad Indians" Continues
Creating Dangerous Women: Narratives of Imprisoned Native American and White Women
Prisoner Profile: Past and Present
Lives Dictated by Violence
Experiences of Women in Prison: "They Keep Me at a Level Where They Can Control Me"
Rehabilitation or Control: "What Are They Trying to Do? Destroy Me?"
Prison Subculture: "It's All a Game and It Doesn't Make Sense to Me"
Motherhood Imprisoned: Images and Concerns of Imprisoned Mothers
Double Punishment: Weak Institutional Support for Imprisoned Mothers
Rehabilitation and Healing of Imprisoned Mothers
Narrative of a Native Woman on the Outside: Gloria Wells Norlin (Ka min di tat)
Epilogue
Appendix: Violations and Descriptions
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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