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Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance
Winner of the VanCity Book Prize, Unruly Women: The Politics of Confinement & Resistance is the seminal book about women’s imprisonment that helped spark examinations around the world into the special circumstances women face in prison, as well as the sex and gender crimes that get them there. Most women who are incarcerated do not pose a danger to society but transgre ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Seven Stories Press
(first published November 1993)
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Faith's book on the criminalization of women and the prison complex has some good historical context and I certainly understand why a new edition is being published. It's also hella prescient, given reception around Michelle Alexander's New Jim Crow. Yet there's no effort made to contemporize findings from a book that was written nearly 20 years ago. In addition, the thin chapter on media representations is a joke--in my opinion, that could be its own book. So, this is an okay primer, but it har ...more
I truly learned so much while reading this book, Karlene Faith has a fantastic feminist analysis, going back through history and into modern times on how women who didn't (or don't) conform to how the patriarchal society thinks they should. A definite must read for anyone interested in women's rights, criminology and women's studies.
A human rights activist for five decades, Karlene Faith is Canada's leading feminist sociologist on prisons. Her seminal book, Unruly Women, raised many crucial questions that define the prison reform movements of today. Co-founder of the revolutionary Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project in 1972, and author of many books on criminology and women’s studies, Faith is currently professor emerita at Sim ...moreMore about Karlene Faith...
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“In my view, it is an error to think about 'alternatives to prison' if what we mean by that is 'electronic bracelets,' through which people are subject to computer-monitored house arrest, or granting fuller surveillance and disciplinary powers and technologies to other state agencies, such as welfare and mental health, through 'transcarceration' policies...We need to decrease, not increase, the means by which the state, in its multifarious networks of authority, controls human lives and selectively incapacitates people who, no less than others, have the potential to contribute to the improvement of hte human condition.”More quotes…