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Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women

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Publisher Comments:

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 Bars challenges 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.

Review:

"Law, cofounder of Books-Through-Bars-NYC, documents life for female prisoners, highlighting their refusal to 'passively accept their conditions of confinement.' Editor of a 'zine for female inmates, Law's empathy for the women she documents and her distrust of the penal system bursts from every page. Her focus here is not on individual crimes, but the system itself: its history, structure, and the prisoners' struggle to serve their time in safe, humane conditions. Drawing from academic writing, personal correspondence, and interviews with incarcerated women, Law argues that although 'omen's resistance often lacks the glamour and excitement of the prison riots and work strikes for which male prisoners are known', it does exist. Inmates share their knowledge and miniscule wages with needy prisoners, petition for better medical care, file reports on sexual abuse by guards and create their own newsletters in spite of disenfranchisement. They face reprisals at every turn, including harassment by staff, unexpected prison transfers, placement in segregation, and delays in parole. This second edition adds more recent documentation of resistance at women's prisons, as well as a section focusing on transgender and gender variant prisoners. Law's documentation of prison conditions is distressing, but the stories of resistance are hopeful. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Victoria Law is a writer, photographer, and prisoner rights supporter. She helped initiate NYC Books Through Bars, a group that sends free books to prisoners nationwide, and she writes articles and gives public presentations about the needs of women in prison. Since 2002 she has worked with women incarcerated nationwide to produce Tenacious: Art and Writings from Women in Prison and has facilitated having incarcerated womens writings published in larger publications. She is the coeditor of Don't Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities. Laura Whitehorn has been a political activist since the 1960s. She spent 14 years in prison for the Resistance Conspiracy case. Released in 1999, she is now a senior editor at POZ magazine. They both live in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781604865837
Author:
Law, Victoria
Publisher:
PM Press
Author:
Whitehorn, Laura
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Edition Description:
Second Edition, Second edition
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Law, cofounder of Books-Through-Bars-NYC, documents life for female prisoners, highlighting their refusal to 'passively accept their conditions of confinement.' Editor of a 'zine for female inmates, Law's empathy for the women she documents and her distrust of the penal system bursts from every page. Her focus here is not on individual crimes, but the system itself: its history, structure, and the prisoners' struggle to serve their time in safe, humane conditions. Drawing from academic writing, personal correspondence, and interviews with incarcerated women, Law argues that although 'omen's resistance often lacks the glamour and excitement of the prison riots and work strikes for which male prisoners are known', it does exist. Inmates share their knowledge and miniscule wages with needy prisoners, petition for better medical care, file reports on sexual abuse by guards and create their own newsletters in spite of disenfranchisement. They face reprisals at every turn, including harassment by staff, unexpected prison transfers, placement in segregation, and delays in parole. This second edition adds more recent documentation of resistance at women's prisons, as well as a section focusing on transgender and gender variant prisoners. Law's documentation of prison conditions is distressing, but the stories of resistance are hopeful. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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