Desisting Sisters: Gender, Power And Desistance In The Criminal (in)justice System by BarrDesisting Sisters: Gender, Power And Desistance In The Criminal (in)justice System by Barr

Desisting Sisters: Gender, Power And Desistance In The Criminal (in)justice System


Hardcover | April 26, 2019

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This book provides an important, critical, feminist perspective on desistance theory and practice. It is built around 23 original, narrative interviews with women and the staff of the community projects they attended, as well as a year of observations at Northshire Women's Centres. The book is concerned with outlining a feminist approach to desistance which recognises that the majority of women in the criminal justice system come from backgrounds of abuse, economic disadvantage and have alcohol, drug and mental health issues. The book is also be concerned with challenging the dichotomy of narratives of victimisation and survival while recognising that women have agency. In doing so,Desisting Sisterscontests the neoliberal and patriarchal approach to desistance which promotes women's role as care givers and unpaid volunteer workers. Ultimately, Barr contends that women's desistance can resist neo-liberal, patriarchal constructs, much in the same way that feminist criminology has contended that women's offending more generally, often does. This book will be of particular use and interest to those studying modules on both traditional and critical criminology, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and social work courses.

Úna Barr is Lecturer in Criminology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. She completed her PhD at the University of Central Lancashire, conducting research into the plurality of female experiences of crime, the criminal justice system and the context-specific circumstances of processes that bring about change in offending. Her prim...
Title:Desisting Sisters: Gender, Power And Desistance In The Criminal (in)justice SystemFormat:HardcoverDimensions:270 pagesPublished:April 26, 2019Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3030142752

ISBN - 13:9783030142759


Table of Contents

Chapter One: Defining Desistance                                                                                  

Chapter Two: Explaining Desistance                                                                              

Chapter Three: A Case of Growing Up? A feminist critique of maturational theory     

Chapter Four: 'A Good Job and the Love of a Good Woman? A feminist critique of social bonds theory                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Chapter Five: All in the Head? A feminist critique of subjective theory                       

Chapter Six: (In)Justice Systems                                                                                     

Chapter Seven: Making the Invisible Visible                                                                  

Chapter Eight: Conclusion                                                                                               


Appendix: Methodology