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Author Sufrin, Carolyn, 1975- author

Title Jailcare : finding the safety net for women behind bars / Carolyn Sufrin
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 311 pages) : illustrations
Contents Institutional burden to care -- Triaging the everyday, every day -- Cultivating ambiguity : normalizing care in the jail clinic -- The clinic routine : contradictions as care -- Gestating care : incarcerated reproduction as participatory practice -- Reproduction and carceral desire -- Custody as forced and enforced intimacy -- At home in jail
Summary "Thousands of pregnant women pass through our nation's jails every year. What happens to them as they gestate their pregnancies in a space of punishment? Based on ethnographic fieldwork and clinical work as an Ob/Gyn in a women's jail, Carolyn Sufrin explores how, in this time when public safety is in disarray and when incarceration has become a central strategy for managing the poor, jail has become a safety net. Focusing on the experiences of pregnant, incarcerated women as well as on the practices of the jail guards and health providers who care for them, Jailcare describes the contradictory ways that care and maternal identity emerge within a punitive space presumed to be devoid of care. Sufrin argues that jail is not simply a disciplinary institution that serves to punish. Rather, when understood in the context of the poverty, addiction, violence, and racial oppression that characterize these women's lives and their reproduction, jail can become a safety net for women on the margins of society"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 12, 2017)
Subject Pregnant women -- Medical care -- California -- San Francisco.
Reproductive health services -- California -- San Francisco.
Women prisoners -- Medical care -- California -- San Francisco.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016058048
ISBN 0520963555 (electronic book)
9780520963559 (electronic book)
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