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Critical Criminological Perspectives

Desisting Sisters

Gender, Power and Desistance in the Criminal (In)Justice System

Authors: Barr, Úna

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  • Outlines a feminist approach to desistance
  • Examines and analyses desistance journeys of women with community sentences, to fill a gap in the literature which has focused primarily on the experiences of males 
  • Challenges the trajectory of policies for ensuring that women desist from crime
  • Appeals to academics interested in desistance, criminal justice, social justice and feminist theory as well as (ex) –offenders and practitioners within probation, prison, police services and voluntary agencies and policy makers
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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 Sisters contests 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.

About the authors

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 primary research interests include feminism, abolitionism and desistance.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-14276-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14275-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Desisting Sisters
Book Subtitle
Gender, Power and Desistance in the Criminal (In)Justice System
Authors
Series Title
Critical Criminological Perspectives
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14276-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14276-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14275-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 270
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