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Gender, Race, and State Control in Prison

Wed, Nov 15, 5:00 to 6:20pm, Marriott, Grand Ballroom Salon C, 5th Floor

Session Submission Type: Complete Thematic Panel


When men and women become incarcerated, the state suddenly gains substantially greater control over their lives, from family ties to addiction to sense of self. Although explicit, the state intervenes directly in inmates’ lives in ways that are not fully understood in current scholarship. This thematic panel draws upon innovative qualitative research to uncover how prisons regulate and disrupt inmates’ lives through a range of mechanisms, including institutional narratives, private rehabilitation programs, religious programs, and public child support enforcement. Furthermore, we interrogate how the coupling of rehabilitation and responsibilization is shaped by assumptions around race, gender, and sexuality.

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