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The Resource The Story Within Us : Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, edited by Megan Sweeney

The Story Within Us : Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, edited by Megan Sweeney

Label
The Story Within Us : Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading
Title
The Story Within Us
Title remainder
Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading
Statement of responsibility
edited by Megan Sweeney
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading features in-depth, oral interviews with eleven incarcerated women, each of whom offers a narrative of her life and her reading experiences within prison walls. The women share powerful stories about their complex and diverse efforts to negotiate difficult relationships, exercise agency in restrictive circumstances, and find meaning and beauty in the midst of pain. Their shared emphases on abuse, poverty, addiction, and mental illness illuminate the pathways that lead many women to prison and suggest possibilities for addressing the profound social problems that fuel crime. _x000B__x000B_Framing the narratives within an analytic introduction and reflective afterword, Megan Sweeney highlights the crucial intellectual work that the incarcerated women perform despite myriad restrictions on reading and education in U.S. prisons. These women use the limited reading materials available to them as sources of guidance and support and as tools for self-reflection and self-education. Through their creative engagements with books, the women learn to reframe their own life stories, situate their experiences in relation to broader social patterns, deepen their understanding of others, experiment with new ways of being, and maintain a sense of connection with their fellow citizens on both sides of the prison fence._x000B_
Cataloging source
SNK
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Sweeney, Megan
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • African American women
  • Books and reading
  • Women prisoners
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • African American women
  • Books and reading
  • United States
Label
The Story Within Us : Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, edited by Megan Sweeney
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: ""All us women have a story within us""""; ""1 Mildred Life Narrative: ""Society is coming to prison""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I have discovered a love for the law""""; ""2 Sissy Life Narrative: ""There's a time to be silent, and there's a time not to""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""If you can't relate to it, then read about it""""; ""3 Olivia Life Narrative: ""It was a bad road that I was on""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""If I'm going through a struggle, I know that's the book to go find""""
  • ""4 Denise Life Narrative: ""I can't even imagine my day without a mall""""""Reading Narrative: ""Who is this writing books that knows the things I know?!""""; ""5 Bobbie Life Narrative: ""I've been overcoming all my life""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""Everybody don't end up with a prince""""; ""6 Melissa Life Narrative: ""They're trying to brainwash me and rebuild me""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""From her life story to mine is not that much difference""""; ""7 Valhalla Life Narrative: ""I've been like a ball that someone threw and I've been bouncing around e""
  • ""Reading Narrative: ""The books I've read are like my friends""""""8 Jacqueline Life Narrative: ""I refuse to be another statistic""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I wanted his strength to jump out of the pages into my life!""""; ""9 Audrey Life Narrative: ""That's a chapter that's closed""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""What fueled this fire for the fire to come all the way over to here?""""; ""10 Deven Life Narrative: ""Society, it's a boys' club still""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I need to know what's gonna happen next!""""; ""11 Solo Life Narrative: ""That's a soul that you're stepping on""""
  • ""Reading Narrative: ""Freedom for me was an evolution, not a revolution""""""Afterword: ""True Stories about Prison""""; ""Appendix: Study-Related Materials""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
Control code
ocn832343681
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252078675
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 402686
  • 22573/ctt38wqff
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)832343681
Label
The Story Within Us : Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, edited by Megan Sweeney
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ""Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright Page""; ""Contents""; ""Acknowledgments""; ""Introduction: ""All us women have a story within us""""; ""1 Mildred Life Narrative: ""Society is coming to prison""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I have discovered a love for the law""""; ""2 Sissy Life Narrative: ""There's a time to be silent, and there's a time not to""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""If you can't relate to it, then read about it""""; ""3 Olivia Life Narrative: ""It was a bad road that I was on""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""If I'm going through a struggle, I know that's the book to go find""""
  • ""4 Denise Life Narrative: ""I can't even imagine my day without a mall""""""Reading Narrative: ""Who is this writing books that knows the things I know?!""""; ""5 Bobbie Life Narrative: ""I've been overcoming all my life""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""Everybody don't end up with a prince""""; ""6 Melissa Life Narrative: ""They're trying to brainwash me and rebuild me""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""From her life story to mine is not that much difference""""; ""7 Valhalla Life Narrative: ""I've been like a ball that someone threw and I've been bouncing around e""
  • ""Reading Narrative: ""The books I've read are like my friends""""""8 Jacqueline Life Narrative: ""I refuse to be another statistic""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I wanted his strength to jump out of the pages into my life!""""; ""9 Audrey Life Narrative: ""That's a chapter that's closed""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""What fueled this fire for the fire to come all the way over to here?""""; ""10 Deven Life Narrative: ""Society, it's a boys' club still""""; ""Reading Narrative: ""I need to know what's gonna happen next!""""; ""11 Solo Life Narrative: ""That's a soul that you're stepping on""""
  • ""Reading Narrative: ""Freedom for me was an evolution, not a revolution""""""Afterword: ""True Stories about Prison""""; ""Appendix: Study-Related Materials""; ""Notes""; ""Bibliography""; ""Index""
Control code
ocn832343681
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780252078675
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 402686
  • 22573/ctt38wqff
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)832343681

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