Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women's Reproduction in America

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New York University Press
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5.9 X 0.8 X 8.8 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Jeanne Flavin is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Fordham University and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror. She is also a member of the board of directors for National Advocates for Pregnant Women (NAPW), a non-profit organization which protects the civil rights of women. Proceeds from this book will be shared with NAPW.
"At last, a book that recognizes that reproductive rights encompass more than abortion rights. Our Bodies, Our Crimes covers all of the essential and highly controversial topics regarding the intersection of reproductive rights and criminal justice."--Claire M. Renzetti, co-author of Women, Men, and Society
"Bolstered by quotes and firsthand accounts, Flavin delivers eye-opening reports on topics including abortion rights, infant abandonment and battered women, detailing little-noticed or taken-for-granted policies that restrict and remand women. Written in a flowing academic style, Flavins attention to historical detail and unfailing moral compass make her progressive reexamination of womens rights thorough and convincing."--Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"Highly recommended."--Choice
"Flavin's book shows how American women, especially those who are poor or incarcerated, face societal pressure, stigma and even legal procedures in attempts to force them to become the "right" kind of mothersif they are deemed worthy of motherhood at all."--Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion
"Our Bodies, Our Crimes is one of the most compelling books I've read in recent years. Flavins writing is exquisite and her documentation is careful and thorough. Whether informing the reader about reproductive freedom, battered women, or incarcerated women, she does so even-handedly and ably captures the complexities and depravities that real women and girls encounter every day in this country. Flavin draws on high profile cases, unknown cases, laws, policies, history, criminology research and much more to explain how her cases are decided by race, gender, class, and sexuality. Her book will help students, legal professionals, gender and legal scholars, and lay people to understand the common themes and threads of violence against women and girls and the sexism, racism, and classism in labeling girls and women deviant and criminals."--Joanne Belknap, author of The Invisible Woman: Gender, Crime, and Justice
"In Our Bodies, Our Crimes, Flavin traces the life-and-death power that the little-examined patriarchal assumptions informing our common life can haveespecially among poor, nonwhite women. Flavin . . . supplies a sobering primer on the laws and social constraints that keep women from fully controlling their bodies. The case studies she surveys in Our Bodies, Our Crimes make it painfully clear that the freedom to decide how and when to reproduce is, for a huge swath of American women, just as important as the much more fervidly discussed question of how and when women can choose not to reproduce."--Bookforum
"Illuminates the dark corners of a public polity that holds pregnant women accountable for all aspects and outcomes of their reproduction without offering the compassion, education, or control necessary to produce happy endingsor beginnings."--Jennifer Reich, author of Fixing Families: Parents, Power, and the Child Welfare System
"Our Bodies, Our Crimes, Jeanne Flavins thorough examination of the criminalization of female reproduction in America, is dense yet provocative."--make/shift
"Our Bodies, Our Crimes is a beautifully written and well researched book that makes an original and important contribution to the emerging social science literature on reproductive politics. I strongly recommend it."--Carole Joffe, author of Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion before and after Roe v Wade