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JailcareFinding the Safety Net for Women behind Bars$
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Carolyn Sufrin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288669

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288669.001.0001

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The Clinic Routine

The Clinic Routine

Contradictions as Care

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Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This chapter takes a closer look at the routine in the San Francisco jail clinic, which reveals that its rhythms and tasks were punctuated by a moral intimacy. That is, care-giving interactions among nurses, clinicians, deputies, and patient-prisoners worked through the personal and moral stakes of desiring recognition, exercising professionalism, and articulating how medical resources should be distributed and who deserved them. These various moral domains were situated amid the state's carceral burden to care and the broader failures of the safety net. The chronicity of recidivism and the shared task of confronting the punitive regimes of the jail cultivated possibilities for intimacy. Thus the seemingly impersonal, disciplinary dimensions of care and the compassionate intimacy of care became mutually constitutive.

Keywords:   clinic routine, San Francisco, jail clinic, moral intimacy, care-giving interactions, public safety net

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