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A bold and stimulating feminist analysis of the patterns of women's crimes and punishments, historically and in the context of contemporary U.S. and Canadian prison. A bold and stimulating feminist analysis of the patterns of women's crimes and punishments, historically and in the context of contemporary U.S. and Canadian prison.


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A bold and stimulating feminist analysis of the patterns of women's crimes and punishments, historically and in the context of contemporary U.S. and Canadian prison. A bold and stimulating feminist analysis of the patterns of women's crimes and punishments, historically and in the context of contemporary U.S. and Canadian prison.

44 review for Unruly Women: Essays on Confinement and Resistance

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    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. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    cool_veins

    read this book while i was hitchhiking across 'merica and totally absorbed and loved this thing , corroborated what it was saying with my experiences, need to read more modern sociology/critical theory in general read this book while i was hitchhiking across 'merica and totally absorbed and loved this thing , corroborated what it was saying with my experiences, need to read more modern sociology/critical theory in general

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    "Ancient superstitions and fears of supernatural powers served (then as now) as informal social control, and produced conformity and obedience to "higher" authority. From a functionalist point of view, community solidarity is strengthened when authorities (of the state, church, universities, medicine, and law) can covertly or overtly identify a single consensual enemy, against which "the people" can rally. This diversionary tactic is employed most earnestly during times of economic instability a "Ancient superstitions and fears of supernatural powers served (then as now) as informal social control, and produced conformity and obedience to "higher" authority. From a functionalist point of view, community solidarity is strengthened when authorities (of the state, church, universities, medicine, and law) can covertly or overtly identify a single consensual enemy, against which "the people" can rally. This diversionary tactic is employed most earnestly during times of economic instability and political or spiritual upheaval. Scapegoating, in particular, has been useful historically both as a way of re-entrenching the status quo and as a direct or indirect impetus for hegemonic shifts." (p.13) In 1486, the Malleus Maleficarum (The Witches' Hammer) was commissioned by Pope Innocent VIII. This was a handbook on the detection, apprehension and punishment of witches....and a disturbing, misogynist document on women as evil by nature. "All wickedness is but little to the wickedness of a woman...What else is woman but an inescapable punishment, a necessary evil, an evil of nature, painted with fair colours...Woman [is] more bitter than death...because of the first temptress, Eve." "[Women] are feebler both in mind and body carnal than a man. When a woman weeps, she labors to deceive...The world now suffers through the malice of women...Woman is beautiful to look upon, contaminating to the touch, and deadly to keep....[Woman is a] liar by nature...They cast wicked spells on men and animals. All witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which is in women insatiable. They consort even with devils. It is no matter for wonder that there are more women than men found infected with the heresy of witchcraft."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Corina

    I assumed this would cover modern politics of jailed women, but it actually started with medieval times and covered witch hunts as well. It was very interesting to read about the many laws and biases prejudiced against women, across time and across the globe. The second part where she talks about her experience leading a course in a women's prison felt very poignant, and it really exposed the harrowing state of the current prison industry. I assumed this would cover modern politics of jailed women, but it actually started with medieval times and covered witch hunts as well. It was very interesting to read about the many laws and biases prejudiced against women, across time and across the globe. The second part where she talks about her experience leading a course in a women's prison felt very poignant, and it really exposed the harrowing state of the current prison industry.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alyx

    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 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 hardly compares to getting my mind blown by s.e. smith or ColorLines each time I check in with Google Reader.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Reclaimthefields

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    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

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    Maureen Flatley

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