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In Search of SafetyConfronting Inequality in Women's Imprisonment$
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Barbara Owen, James Wells, and Joycelyn Pollock

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780520288713

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520288713.001.0001

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Intersectional Inequality and Women’s Imprisonment

Intersectional Inequality and Women’s Imprisonment

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(p.1) 1 Intersectional Inequality and Women’s Imprisonment
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In Search of Safety
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Barbara Owen

James Wells

Joycelyn Pollock

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520288713.003.0001

In addition to witnessing and documenting women’s experience with imprisonment, this book offers offer a new analysis of the contemporary prison by re-framing the questions of trouble and violence as a further expression of broader societal inequalities and human rights violations. Combining this more structural critique with a human rights approach to imprisonment expands our understanding beyond the individualized and pathology-based explanations of women’s prison experiences. The way forward is based on this structural appraisal of the consequences of imprisonment, providing direction towards reducing unnecessary suffering and increasing prisoners’ capital inside prison and once released.

Keywords:   women in prison, intersectional inequalities, feminist criminology, human rights violations

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