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The Ex-Prisoner''s Dilemma : How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and Desistance

By: Leverentz, Andrea M.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Critical Issues in Crime and Society: Publisher: Piscataway : Rutgers University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (248 p.).ISBN: 9780813562292.Subject(s): Criminals -- Rehabilitation -- United States | Ex-convicts -- Services for -- United States | Prisoners -- Family relationships -- United States | Women prisoners -- Rehabilitation -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Ex-Prisoner''s Dilemma : How Women Negotiate Competing Narratives of Reentry and DesistanceDDC classification: 365.660820973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Series Page; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Becoming an Ex-­Offender; Chapter 1. The Mercy Home and the Discourse of Reentry and Desistance; Chapter 2. Introducing the Women and Their Pathways to Offending; Chapter 3. A Year in the Life; Part II. The Social Context of Reentry; Chapter 4. Family Dynamics in Reentry and Desistance; Chapter 5. Women's Chosen Relationships and Their Role in Self-Redefinition; Chapter 6. Education, Employment, and a House of One's Own; Conclusion; Appendix A. Respondent Characteristics; Appendix B. Research Methods; Notes
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Summary: Drawing on repeated interviews with forty-nine women newly released from prison, Leverentz explores the conflicting messages these women receive about who they are and who they should be-from prison staff, workers at halfway houses and drug treatment programs, family members, and friends.  These messages, she shows, shape the narratives the women create to explain their past records and guide their future behavior.
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Series Page; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I. Becoming an Ex-­Offender; Chapter 1. The Mercy Home and the Discourse of Reentry and Desistance; Chapter 2. Introducing the Women and Their Pathways to Offending; Chapter 3. A Year in the Life; Part II. The Social Context of Reentry; Chapter 4. Family Dynamics in Reentry and Desistance; Chapter 5. Women's Chosen Relationships and Their Role in Self-Redefinition; Chapter 6. Education, Employment, and a House of One's Own; Conclusion; Appendix A. Respondent Characteristics; Appendix B. Research Methods; Notes

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Drawing on repeated interviews with forty-nine women newly released from prison, Leverentz explores the conflicting messages these women receive about who they are and who they should be-from prison staff, workers at halfway houses and drug treatment programs, family members, and friends.  These messages, she shows, shape the narratives the women create to explain their past records and guide their future behavior.

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Leverentz (Univ. of Massachusetts, Boston) provides a comprehensive overview of how a sample of women leaving prison negotiates a world of competing messages regarding parenting, recovery from substance use, family dynamics, education, and employment. Using qualitative research methods, the author analyzes 49 previously incarcerated women to provide much-needed insight into the processes in which they navigate reentry to the community after serving prison terms. Leverentz discusses multiple interviews conducted over time, research methodology, and subsequent analyses in relation to participant characteristics and environment. She examines the women's narratives in a framework of family, friends, and co-workers to create a candid picture of how their experiences shape future expectations for negotiating a complex societal system. The women's complicated lives and interpreted experiences serve as a window through which to explore implications for social justice, behavioral interventions, substance abuse treatment, gender-appropriate step-down programs, and community living. Practitioners will take away valuable insights for rehabilitation and prevention of recidivism. Scholars in numerous disciplines will find this text a delightful addition to collections in criminal justice, social sciences, research methods, and counseling. --Raven James, Governors State University

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ANDREA M. LEVERENTZ is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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