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Narrative CriminologyUnderstanding Stories of Crime$
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Lois Presser and Sveinung Sandberg

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479876778

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.001.0001

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In Search of Respectability

In Search of Respectability

Narrative Practice in a Women’s Prison in Quito, Ecuador

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(p.42) 2 In Search of Respectability
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Narrative Criminology
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Jennifer Fleetwood

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479876778.003.0003

This chapter examines women offenders’ narratives about being a drug mule. These narratives are a response to micro-and macro-level politics—the war on drugs, the prison regime, and gender expectations—which have shaped how women produced narratives about themselves. In adopting a narrative criminological framework, the chapter highlights several key points from these women’s testimonies: firstly, silence is especially significant in the women’s prison as trafficking networks punish those who spill “forbidden” information to the officers. Secondly, many of the narratives employ emphasized connectedness in the form of relationships with husbands, partners, children, and parents. For example, women describe their motivations in ways that stress benefits for others.

Keywords:   women offenders, macro-level politics, micro-level politics, silence, trafficking networks, connectedness

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