Sisters Outside: Radical Activists Working for Women by Jodie Michelle Lawston

By Jodie Michelle Lawston

Shows how radical girls recommend for ladies in legal whereas acknowledging the racial and sophistication department among them.

How can radical ladies activists for ladies prisoners be a “voice and a presence” for individuals so assorted from themselves? the novel activists who envision a postprison society are predominantly white, heart type, and good informed; the prisoners they suggest for are predominantly disenfranchised ladies of colour. whereas the activists lead lives of relative convenience, stipulations in women’s prisons may possibly comprise sexual and emotional abuse and scientific forget. Jodie Michelle Lawston examines the dilemmas that come up as activists try to problem injustices and oppression in those prisons. Activists query their position in best agencies conversing for incarcerated girls of colour, and so they query whether or not they might be permitted via those girls as valid representatives. realizing that their radical targets are mostly now not good got via the mainstream public, activists discover they have to forged their efforts as a reputable social stream whilst facing that public. Lawston maps the discourses that activists from an intensive staff in California generate as a way to conquer those tensions and offers reviews from the activists themselves.

Jodie Michelle Lawston is Assistant Professor of Women’s reviews at California nation collage San Marcos.

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This emphasis on training in traditional female work continues in women’s prisons today, where women are trained in clerical work, beauty care, garment making, and laundry. These continue to be sexually segregated, Ideological Origins of Network for Prisoners | 43 low status, and low paying jobs. In contrast, men are trained in auto mechanics, welding, electronics, and machine repair, which are higher in both prestige and pay. Women reformers continued to work in separate prisons and to study women’s criminality, but their influence on the prison system declined drastically (Freedman 1981, 1996).

A social movement organization ideally wants to exhibit consistency between what it says and what it does. Obvious contradictions among beliefs or between what a social movement organization says and does may discredit the organization and jeopardize mobilization. Empirical credibility, in contrast, refers to the “fit” between frames and events in the world. For a frame to be empirically credible, claims must be verifiable to movement audiences (Benford and Snow 2000). Claims do not have to be verifiable to all of society, but to potential or actual adherents.

Instead of following nineteenth-century reformers by focusing on “uplifting” the prostitute into “domestic bliss,” Progressive reformers sought to prevent the fall of women into prostitution in the first place. 1 But while both male and female Progressive reformers emphasized preventative measures, they also worked on reforming prisons, as there was little sign of their demise. Women reformers worked against ideologies of domesticity by training women in academic subjects such as geography, history, and current events.

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