1st Edition

Women, Reentry and Employment
Criminalized and Employable?

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ISBN 9780367770372
December 24, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

Women, Reentry and Employment explores the conflicting discourses about women who are exiting prison, empirically outlining the landscape of employability supports available to reentering women, the ‘steps to employment’ women are directed to follow, and the barriers to employment they face.

This book offers a contemporary contribution to the scholarship of the past three decades that has queried, monitored and challenged practices and policies relating to women’s corrections in Canada. Based on data gathered about community-based employment supports available to reentering women in Ontario, Canada, exploring how language constructs the subject positions of criminalized and employable women, and bringing into conversation the extensive body of work about women’s employment and employability, and reintegration, the book marks a unique but important intersection of these empirical and theoretical domains. Central to the book is the juxtaposition of two key subject positions mobilized in women’s corrections. One is that of the criminalized woman, a subject whose experiences of trauma and marginalization have rendered her emotionally and mentally broken; she is constrained by her past and incapable of acting toward her future. The other subject position is that of the employable woman who is future-oriented, confident and ‘responsible’ for her own socio-economic inclusion.

The book draws attention to the ontological tensions within discourses of criminalization and empowerment. How do reentering women experience, inhabit, and resist these incompatible subject positions? Challenging the invisibilization of women’s experiences in the criminal justice system, Women, Reentry and Employment will be of great interest to students and scholars of Criminology, Penology and Women’s Studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Women, reentry and employment
  2. Making women ‘ready’: Employment supports for reentering women
  3. "You want them to know you, not know the inmate": Managing the stigma of criminal records
  4. "These women are so broken": The broken, criminalized woman
  5. Being ‘work ready’ and the determinants of success
  6. Being a ‘working person’: Engagement, ambivalence & rejection
  7. Conclusion: Criminalized and employable

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Anita Grace received her PhD in Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Canada. Her research bridges studies in critical criminology with research on gender, feminist scholarship and employment, and also includes theories of governance and discipline and coping and resilience. She teaches Criminal Justice System, Social Justice and Human Rights at Carleton University.