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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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Reproduction and Carceral Desire

Reproduction and Carceral Desire

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Carolyn Sufrin

University of California Press

This chapter examines the notion that incarceration can be a transformative experience. It discusses how, rather than equating jail with punishment, pregnant inmates see both their pregnancies and their incarceration as opportunities. Here, jail plays a unique role in constructing aspirations of transformation, as well as ideas of what motherhood could look like for these women. Understanding how jail framed women's own narrative commitments to pregnancy and motherhood builds on the notion, developed in the previous chapter, that incarcerated reproduction is a participatory practice; the institution itself, not only the people working and living within it, is a critical participant as well.

Keywords:   reproduction, incarceration, transformation, motherhood, pregnant inmates, participatory practices

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