Resistance Behind Bars The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

ISBN-10: 1604865830

ISBN-13: 9781604865837

Edition: 2nd 2012

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Description: As it examines daily struggles against appalling prison conditions and injustices, this collection of real-life prisoners' stories and analysis of the prison landscape as it is today documents both collective organizing and individual resistance among women incarcerated in the United States. In 1974, women imprisoned at New York's maximum-security prison at Bedford Hills staged what is known as the August Rebellion. Protesting the brutal beating of a fellow prisoner, the women fought off guards, holding seven of them hostage, and took over sections of the prison. While many have heard of the 1971 Attica prison uprising, the August Rebellion remains relatively unknown even in activist circles.Resistance Behind Barschallenges and seeks to change such oversights. Emphasizing women's agency in resisting the conditions of their confinement through forming peer education groups, clandestinely arranging ways for children to visit mothers in distant prisons, and raising public awareness about their lives, the book will spark further discussion and research into the lives of incarcerated women and galvanize much-needed outside support for their struggles. This updated and revised edition includes a new chapter about transgender, transsexual, intersex, and gender-variant people in prison and the specific challenges that they face.

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: PM Press
Publication date: 10/5/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Introduction
Author's Introduction
Overview
Unlikely Communities
Barriers to Basic Care
Mothers and Children
Sexual Abuse
Education
Women's Work
Grievances, Lawsuits and the Power of the Media
Breaking the Silence
Resistance among Women in Immigrant Detention Centers
Some Historical Background
Glossary
Resources
Recommended Reading
A Note on Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex and Gender-Variant People in Prison (NEW)
Epilogue (NEW)
Notes
Index
Acknowledgments
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