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Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment

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Since the 1980s, when the War on Drugs kicked into high gear and prison populations soared, the increase in womens 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 womens prison to uncover why tougher drug policies have so greatly affected those incarcerated there, and how the very nature of punishment in womens 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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Jill A. McCorkel is Associate Professor of Sociology at Villanova University.

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ISBN:
9780814761496
Author:
Mccorkel, Jill A.
Publisher:
New York University Press
Author:
McCorkel, Jill A.
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime-Criminology
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20130831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
283

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History and Social Science » Crime » Criminology
History and Social Science » Economics » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » General

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