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Collection of essays and art by scholars, artists and activists both in and out of prison that reveal the many dimensions of women’s incarcerated experiences. Offering nuanced portraits of women’s lives inside razor wire and prison walls, Razor Wire Women puts incarcerated women in dialogue with scholars, artists, educators and activists who live outside of prisons but work on issues connected to the prison industrial complex. Women make up the fastest-growing group of the U.S. prison population, yet prison scholarship largely overlooks the struggles of incarcerated women, and their voices are often silenced both in and out of the prison infrastructure. From the vantage points of those both inside and outside of prisons, this collection of essays and art illuminates many of the distinct experiences and concerns of incarcerated women, including those of girls in prison, abuse and rape, the policing of women, incarcerated motherhood, mental health issues in prisons, incarcerated women’s artistic and cultural production, and prisons’ impact on families, health, and sexuality. Combining the transcendence, hope and clarity of art with powerful analytical and conceptual tools, Razor Wire Women reveals the gendered dimensions of the incarceration now experienced by a growing number of women in the U.S.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Illustrations, Charts, Tables
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. 3x Denied
  2. pp. xiv-xv
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Ruth Snyder
  2. pp. xx-xxi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xxiii
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  1. Chapter One: From Representations to Resistance: How the Razor Wire Binds Us
  2. pp. 1-17
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  1. Section I: Girls, Women, and Families
  2. p. 19
  1. Missing
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. Historical Contextualization
  2. pp. 23-26
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  1. Chapter Two: The Voice of Silence
  2. pp. 27-29
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  1. Chapter Three: Doing Time in Detention Home: Gendered Punishment Regimes in Youth Jails
  2. pp. 31-48
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  1. Chapter Four: Healer: A Monologue from the Play Doin’ Time: Through the Visiting Glass
  2. pp. 49-50
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  1. Chapter Five: Incarcerated Women: Motherhood on the Margins
  2. pp. 51-66
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  1. Chapter Six: Doing Time with Mom: A Nonfiction Essay
  2. pp. 67-74
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  1. Chapter Seven: ASFA and the Impact on Imprisoned Migrant Women and Their Children
  2. pp. 75-92
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  1. Chapter Eight: Carceral State, Cultural Stake: Women behind American Bars and Beyond
  2. pp. 93-99
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  1. Section II: Sexuality, Health, and Abuse
  2. p. 101
  1. Bound
  2. pp. 102-103
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  1. Historical Contextualization
  2. pp. 105-108
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  1. Chapter Nine: The Prison Mentality
  2. pp. 109-114
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  1. Chapter Ten: “If I Wasn’t Suicidal, That’ll Drive You to It:” Women, Jail, and Mental Health
  2. pp. 115-132
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  1. Chapter Eleven: Patiently Waiting
  2. pp. 133-143
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  1. Caged Innocence
  2. pp. 144-145
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  1. Chapter Twelve: Transgender Women, Sexual Violence, and the Rule of Law: An Argument in Favor of Restorative and Transformative Justice
  2. pp. 147-164
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  1. Chapter Thirteen: Prison Rape
  2. pp. 165-168
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  1. Chapter Fourteen: From Women Prisoners to People in Women’s Prisons: Challenging the Gender Binary in Antiprison Work
  2. pp. 169-184
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  1. Chapter Fifteen: Giving the Voiceless a Voice
  2. pp. 185-188
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  1. Section III: Education, Writing, and the Arts
  2. p. 189
  1. Caught up on the Whirlwind
  2. pp. 190-191
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  1. Historical Contextualization
  2. p. 193
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  1. Episodes 1 and 4 of the Connie Convicta and Vato Emiliano Comics
  2. pp. 198-199
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  1. Chapter Sixteen: Inside-Out: The Reaches and Limits of a Prison Program
  2. pp. 203-224
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  1. Chapter Seventeen: Desiree
  2. pp. 225-228
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  1. Chapter Eighteen: Restorytive Justice: Theater as a Redressive Mechanism for Incarcerated Women
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. Chapter Nineteen: On Visual Politics and Poetics: Incarcerated Girls and Women Artists
  2. pp. 247-268
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  1. Chapter Twenty: Hope in a Box: Sanity Sold Separately
  2. pp. 269-284
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  1. Chapter Twenty-One: The Life Inside: Incarcerated Women Represent Themselves through Journalism
  2. pp. 285-335
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  1. Epilogue: Identifying Marks: What the Razor Wire Hides
  2. pp. 301-303
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 305-315
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-325
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781438435336
Related ISBN
9781438435312
MARC Record
OCLC
733048127
Pages
359
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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