Pathways, race and gender responsive reform: through an abolitionist lens

Russell, Emma and Carlton, Bree 2013, Pathways, race and gender responsive reform: through an abolitionist lens, Theoretical criminology, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 474-492, doi: 10.1177/1362480613497777.

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Title Pathways, race and gender responsive reform: through an abolitionist lens
Author(s) Russell, EmmaORCID iD for Russell, Emma
Carlton, Bree
Journal name Theoretical criminology
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 474
End page 492
Total pages 19
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013-11
ISSN 1362-4806
Keyword(s) abolition politics
gender and prisons
Summary In this article we take stock of a recent moment in penal history in Victoria, Australia, where agencies have implemented gender responsive policies to address the disproportionate growth in women’s prison numbers, and in particular the overrepresentation of women constructed as ‘culturally diverse’. We draw upon abolitionist and intersectional frames to provide a theoretical critique of this political event. Our analysis extends beyond the unitary frame of gender, which has until recently dominated critiques in this area, to highlight the ways in which racializing logics are reproduced through such policies and practices. We explore the implications of the adoption of the criminological notion of pathways through the language of liberal feminist reform, which signifies a reinvestment in the myth of individual rehabilitation. The consequences of these discursive practices include the reproduction of pathologizing and risk-focused practices that can only yield more racializing, interventionist and expansionist responses within correctional spaces.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1362480613497777
Field of Research 160204 Criminological Theories
1602 Criminology
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
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