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Compelled to Crime: The Gender Entrapment of Battered, Black Women

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"Compelled to Crime" documents the lives of battered, African American women incarcerated in a New York City correctional facility. Chronicling the lives of women from low-income communities who have been physically battered, sexually assaulted, emotionally abused, and involved in illegal activity, the book illustrates the degree to which these women's devastated and deteriorating circumstances represents a socially constructed position--but one from which there is little escape. <BR>Borrowing the phrase "gender entrapment" from the legal notion of the term--which implies a circumstance whereby an individual is lured into a compromising act--author Beth Richie uses gender entrapment to describe the process whereby African American women who are vulnerable to men's violence in their intimate relationships are penalized for criminal behaviors they engage in when these behaviors are logical extensions of their racialized gender identities, their culturally mediated gender roles, and the violence in their private lives. <BR>The book documents in graphic detail the lives of these women--often marred by drug use, prostitution, and violence culminating in illegal activity. Richie charts the women's gender entrapment by considering a number of factors in their early lives--whether the women were privileged in their homes as girls and how such benefits actually might have handicapped them; their relationships with males; the presence or absence of childhood abuse--and how these factors contributed to their sense of vulnerability and fear of success later in life. Richie then analyzes how the women's circumstantial and emotional vulnerability in the early years sets the stage for the violencein their intimate relationships with men as adults, and how the women's feelings of self-blame, emotional trauma, and desperation lead them--perhaps inexorably--into illegal, often violent activity. <BR>"Compelled to Crime" also gives special consideration to the complicated s

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [171]-182) and index.

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ISBN:
9780415911450
Author:
Richie, Beth E.
Publisher:
Routledge
Author:
Richie Beth
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Abuse
Subject:
Afro-American women
Subject:
Abused women
Subject:
Abuse of
Subject:
Abused women -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews.
Subject:
African-American women
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Abuse - General
Subject:
African American women - Abuse of -
Subject:
Abused women -- New York (State) -- New York.
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Series Volume:
J
Publication Date:
19951231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.01x5.95x.47 in. .64 lbs.
Age Level:
18-18

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