Power, Punishment, and the Regulation of Desire
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 304 pages|
|Published In: ||United States, 10 February 2010|
"Offending Women" is an eye-opening journey into the lived reality of prison for women in the United States today. Lynne Haney looks at incarcerated mothers, housed together with their children, who are serving terms in alternative, community-based prisons-a type of facility that is becoming increasingly widespread. Incorporating vivid, sometimes shocking observations of daily life, she probes the dynamics of power over women's minds and bodies that play out in two such institutions in California. She finds that these 'alternative' prisons, contrary to their aims, often end up disempowering women, transforming their social vulnerabilities into personal pathologies, and pushing them into a state of disentitlement. Uncovering the complex gendered under-pinning of methods of control and intervention used in the criminal justice system today, "Offending Women" links that system to broader discussions on contemporary government and state power and asks why these strategies have arisen at this particular moment in time, and considers what forms of citizenship they have given rise to.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Introduction: An Ethnographic Journey across States Part I. In a State of Dependence 1. Limited Government: Training Women What to Need 2. Deconstructing Dependency: Needs, Rights, and the Struggle for Entitlement 3. Hybrid States and Government from a Distance Part II. In a State of Recovery 4. State Therapeutics: Training Women What to Want 5. The Empowerment Myth: Social Vulnerability as Personal Pathology 6. The Enemies Within: Fighting the Sisters and Numbing the Self Conclusion: States of Disentitlement and the Therapeutics of Neoliberalism Notes Bibliography Index
About the Author
Lynne A. Haney is Professor of Sociology at New York University. She is the author of Inventing the Needy: Gender, Politics, and State Development in Hungary and a coauthor of Global Ethnography: Forces, Connections, and Imaginations in a Postmodern World (both available from UC Press). She is also the editor of Families of a New World: Gender, Politics, and State Development in a Global Context.
"I strongly recommend this book. Haney's account is rich with ethnographic detail that brings life to abstract debates about mode of governance and the state."--American Journal of Sociology / Ajs "Enriched with vivid images and details on incarcerated women's lives, this book reminds us of incarcerated women's social realities."--Feminist Review "Insightful... This book will appeal to persons with an interest in women's studies."--Law & Politics Book Review "Offending women makes excellent use of ethnographic material and close observation to build a compelling analysis of two state institutions."--British Jrnl of Sociology
|Publisher: ||University of California Press|
|Dimensions: ||22.61 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimeters (0.43 kg)|