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Haney, Lynne A. (Lynne Allison), 1967-
Offending women : power, punishment, and the regulation of desire / Lynne A. Haney
Alternate Title Power, punishment, and the regulation of desire
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2010
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 3rd Floor  HV6046 .H36 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Female offenders -- California -- Case studies
Female offenders -- Rehabilitation -- California -- Case studies
Correctional institutions -- California -- Case studies
Physical Description xii, 287 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 263-277) and index
Summary "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 underpinning 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, asks why these strategies have arisen at this particular moment in time, and considers what forms of citizenship they have given rise to"--Publisher's description
Contents Introduction : An ethnographic journey across states -- Limited government : training women what to need -- Deconstructing dependency : needs, rights, and the struggle for entitlement -- Hybrid states and government from a distance -- State therapeutics : training women what to want -- The empowerment myth : social vulnerability as personal pathology -- The enemies within : fighting the sisters and numbing the self -- Conclusion : States of disentitlement and the therapeutics of neoliberalism

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