Breaking Women Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment
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Description: Since the 1980s, when the War on Drugs kicked into high gear and prison populations soared, the increase in women’s rate of incarceration has steadily outpaced that of men. In Breaking Women, Jill A. McCorkel draws upon four years of on-the-ground research in a major US women’s prison to uncover why tougher drug policies have so greatly affected those incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in women’s detention centers has been deeply altered as a result. Through compelling interviews with prisoners and state personnel, McCorkel reveals that popular so-called “habilitation” drug treatment programs force women to accept a view of themselves as inherently damaged, aberrant addicts in order to secure an earlier release. These programs work to enforce stereotypes of deviancy that ultimately humiliate and degrade the women. The prisoners are left feeling lost and alienated in the end, and many never truly address their addiction as the programs’ organizers may have hoped. A fascinating and yet sobering study, Breaking Women foregrounds the gendered and racialized assumptions behind tough-on-crime policies while offering a vivid account of how the contemporary penal system impacts individual lives. Jill A. McCorkel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Villanova University.
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Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 8/5/2013
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Jill A. McCorkel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Villanova University.
|Introduction: Searching for Red's Self|
|The End of Rehabilitation|
|Getting Tough on Women: How Punishment Changed|
|Taking Over: The Private Company in the Public Prison|
|From Good Girls to Real Criminals: Race Made Visible|
|The Practice of Habilitation|
|The Eyes Are Watching You: Finding the Real Self|
|Diseased Women: Crack Whores, Bad Mothers, and Welfare Queens|
|Contesting the Boundaries of Self|
|Rentin' Out Your Head: Navigating Claims about the Self|
|Unruly Selves: Forms of Prisoner Resistance|
|Conclusion: What If the Cure Is Worse Than the Disease?|
|About the Author|