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Can't catch a break : gender, jail, drugs and the limits of personal responsibility / Susan Starr Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk.

Author/creator Sered, Susan Starr author.
Other author/creatorNorton-Hawk, Maureen, author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2014]
Descriptionxiii, 216 pages ; 24 cm
Contents "Joey spit on me" : how gender inequality and sexual violence make women sick -- "Nowhere to go" : poverty, homelessness, and the limits of personal responsibility -- "The Little Rock of the north" : race, gender, class, and the consequences of mass incarceration -- Suffer the women : pain and perfection in a medicalized world -- "It's all in my head" : suffering, PTSD, and the triumph of the therapeutic -- Higher powers : the unholy alliance of religion, self-help ideology, and the State -- "Suffer the children" : fostering the caste of the ill and afflicted -- Gender, drugs, and jail : "a system designed for us to fail" -- Conclusion : the real questions and a blueprint for moving forward.
Abstract "Based on five years of fieldwork in Boston, Can't Catch a Break documents the day-to-day lives of forty women as they struggle to survive sexual abuse, violent communities, ineffective social and therapeutic programs, discriminatory local and federal policies, criminalization, incarceration, and a broad cultural consensus that views suffering as a consequence of personal flaws and bad choices. Combining hard-hitting policy analysis with an intimate account of how marginalized women navigate an unforgiving world, Susan Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk shine new light on the deep and complex connections between suffering and social inequality"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 181- 202) and index.
LCCN 2014011744
ISBN9780520282780 (Cloth)
ISBN0520282787 (Cloth)
ISBN9780520282797 (Paper)
ISBN0520282795 (Paper)

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