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In Search of Safety: Confronting Inequality in Women's Imprisonment

Barbara Owen, James Wells, and Joycelyn Pollock


Based on extensive mixed-methods data, this book examines gendered violence and conflict in women’s prisons. Conflict and violence in the prison are located in intersectional inequalities and cumulative disadvantage, reflecting their pathways to prison. Women in prison share common characteristics, many mediated by structural, historical, and cumulative disadvantage. T pathways approach is expanded to include women’s experience within these structural clusters of intersectional inequalities. In their search for safety, women must negotiate these inequities through developing forms of prison ca ... More

Keywords: women’s prisons, women’s imprisonment, pathways, prison capital, human rights, The Bangkok Rules

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520288713
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288713.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Owen, author
California State University, Fresno

James Wells, author
Eastern Kentucky University

Joycelyn Pollock, author
Texas State University