Sex Roles (2016) 75:630–631 DOI 10.1007/s11199-016-0687-x BOOK REVIEW Discovering Disenfranchased and Invisible Women in Prison Women Doing Life: Gender, Punishment, and the Struggle for Identity. By Lora Bex Lempert, New York and London, UK, New York University Press, 2016. 303 pp. $27.00 (paper). ISBN: 978–1–4798-2705-3 Irene L. Nielsen Published online: 1 October 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016 Lora Bex Lempert spent time with women incarcerated for life journeys while living in very difficult circumstances. in the Michigan prison system. In her new book, Women Throughout the book, Lempert identifies the ways in which Doing Life: Gender, Punishment, and the Struggle for the prisoners’ experiences are deeply gendered, both despite Identity, she uses information gleaned from her time with and because of the system’s efforts toward gender Bequality^ these women to vividly describe the ways in which women or Bneutrality.^ prisoners struggle to make meaning of their lives and create Lempert’s carefully chosen examples illustrate demeaning positive personal identity within the penal system. Her analy- circumstances forced on incarcerated women, which often sis of gender biases and system dysfunction contributes to a take the form of gendered sexual abuse. One vivid example growing body of critical scholarship on
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Published: Oct 1, 2016
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