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Inventing the Savage The Social Construction of Native American Criminality cover
  • ISBN: 9780292770843
  • ISBN10: 0292770847

Inventing the Savage the Social Construction of Native American Criminality

by Luana Ross

  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
  • Publish date: 05/01/1998
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In this pathfinding study, Ross draws upon the life histories of imprisoned Native American women to demonstrate how race/ethnicity, gender, and class contribute to the criminalizing of various behaviors and subsequent incarceration rates. Drawing on the Native women's own words, she reveals the violence in their lives prior to incarceration, their respective responses to it, and how those responses affect their eventual criminalization and imprisonment. Comparisons with the experiences of white women in the same prison underline the significant role of race in determining women's experiences within the criminal justice system.
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