Synopses & Reviews
Lynne Haney is already an important voice in the sociology of welfare but this book marks her debut as a major figure in the sociology of punishment and the study of governmentality. Offending Women
is a fascinating work that combines rich ethnographic detail with a structural account of the changing contours of contemporary governance. Its original contributions to prison ethnography, women's studies, and the sociology of the penal-welfare state will make it a reference point in each of these disciplines.”David Garland, author of The Culture of Control
Offending Women is an exemplary piece of work. Haney's writing is engaging, crisp, and smart. She brilliantly assesses the various intentions of the state and incarcerated women and clarifies how these intentions are based on orientations toward punishment and 'healing' that demand fundamental rethinking.”Rickie Solinger, author of Pregnancy and Power and co-editor of Interrupted Life: Experiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States
"Lynne Haney brings together her stupendous skills as an ethnographer and her theoretical insights into how states work to explain how the treatment of imprisoned women has changed over the past decade. An altogether brilliant book."Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin
“I strongly recommend this book. Haneys account is rich with ethnographic detail that brings life to abstract debates about mode of governance and the state.”
“Enriched with vivid images and details on incarcerated womens lives, this book reminds us of incarcerated womens social realities.”
“Insightful. . . . This book will appeal to persons with an interest in womens studies.”
“Offending women makes excellent use of ethnographic material and close observation to build a compelling analysis of two state institutions.”
“Offending women makes excellent use of ethnographic material and close observation to build a compelling analysis of two state institutions.” Jack E. Call - Law and Politics Book Review
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.
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In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This book argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in Americaandrsquo;s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.
andldquo;As America bolts toward a more multiracial future in the face of skyrocketing inequality, local leaders are desperately seeking strategies to foster more inclusive growth. Chris Benner and Manuel Pastorandrsquo;s research uncovers a critical ingredient of success: diverse regional leaders coming together to build a foundation of shared knowledge and advance positive change.andrdquo;andmdash;Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink
andquot;This book, the latest fruit of a highly productive collaboration between two first-rate thinkers, is both immensely wise and highly practicalandmdash;a must-read. Benner and Pastor blow apart simplistic ideas about collaborative problem-solvingandmdash;which tend to stop at reframing or the magic of dialogueandmdash;to show how the locally driven process of generating shared knowledge, risk-taking and even productive conflict can generate real progress on the most urgent challenges our country and our communities face.andquot;andmdash;Xavier de Souza Briggs, author of Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities across the Globe
About the Author
is the Dorothy E. Everett Chair in Global Information and Social Entrepreneurship, Director of the Everett Program for Digital Tools for Social Innovation, and Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. His research examines the relationships between technological change, regional development, and structures of economic opportunity, including regional labor markets and restructuring of work and employment. His most recent book, coauthored with Manuel Pastor, is Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in Americaandrsquo;s Metropolitan Region
. Other books include This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Transforming Metropolitan America
, and Work in the New Economy: Flexible Labor Markets in Silicon Valley
Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California, where he also serves as Director of USCand#39;s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) and Codirector of USCand#39;s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). His most recent book, coauthored with Chris Benner, is Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in Americaandrsquo;s Metropolitan Region. He is also the coauthor of Uncommon Common Ground: Race and Americaandrsquo;s Future, and This Could Be the Start of Something Big: How Social Movements for Regional Equity Are Transforming Metropolitan America.
Table of Contents
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