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Breaking women : gender, race, and the new politics of imprisonment

Author: Jill A McCorkel
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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. This book 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jill A McCorkel
ISBN: 9780814761489 0814761488 9780814761496 0814761496
OCLC Number: 819717777
Description: xv, 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 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 eyes are watching you: finding the real self --
Diseased women: crack whores, bad mothers, and welfare queens --
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?
Responsibility: Jill A. McCorkel.

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Discusses the gendered and racialized assumptions behind tough-on-crime policies while offering a vivid account of how the contemporary penal system impacts individual lives  Read more...

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"McCorkel's rich data contains the voices of prisoners and staff, which she skillfully links to larger, generally critical, theoretical perspectives on punishment."-P.S. Leighton,CHOICE "McCorkel's Read more...

 
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