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Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women's Prisons
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Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women's Prisons

Mary Bosworth
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Engendering Resistance: Agency and Power in Women's Prisons

Mary Bosworth
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This book explores how power is negotiated in women's prisons. Drawing on fieldwork conducted in three penal establishments in England, it analyses how women manage the restrictions of imprisonment and the manner in which they attempt to resist institutional control. It is proposed that power is negotiated on a private, individual level, as women often resist the institution simply by trying to maintain an image of control over their own lives. However, their image of themselves as active, reasoning agents is undermined by institutional regimes which encourage traditional, passive, feminine behaviour at the same time as they deny the women their identities and responsibilities as mothers, wives, girlfriends and sisters. Femininity is, therefore, both the form and the goal of women's imprisonment. Yet paradoxically, femininity also offers the possibility of resistance, because women manage to rebel by appropriating and changing aspects of it.

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Publisher
Taylor and Francis
Year
2017
ISBN
9781351940214
Topic
Social Sciences
Subtopic
Criminology
Edition
1

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