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Outlaw Women – Prison, Rural Violence, and Poverty on the New American Frontier - NYU Press Scholarship Online
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Outlaw Women: Prison, Rural Violence, and Poverty on the New American Frontier

Susan Dewey, Bonnie Zare, Catherine Connolly, Rhett Epler, and Rosemary Bratton


This book argues that unique rural cultural dynamics shape women’s experiences of incarceration and release from prison in the remote, predominantly white communities that many Americans still think of as “the Western frontier.” Together, these dynamics comprise an architecture of gendered violence, a theoretical lens applicable to women’s experiences of prison throughout the United States in its focus on how the synchronous operations of addiction and compromised mental health, poverty, fraught relationships, and felony-related discrimination undergird women’s lives. The architecture of gend ... More

Keywords: prison, addiction, incarceration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781479801176
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801176.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Dewey, author
University of Wyoming

Bonnie Zare, author
Virginia Tech

Catherine Connolly, author
University of Wyoming

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