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ISBN: 0226114627
Author: Megan Comfort
Language: English
Publisher: University of Chicago Press (July 1, 2008)
Pages: 256
Category: Addiction & Recovery
Subcategory: Health
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 701
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Doing Time Together vividly details the ways that prisons shape and infiltrate the lives of women with husbands. But paradoxically, prison can also make once-violent or drug-addicted men into more stable, loyal, and loving partners

Doing Time Together vividly details the ways that prisons shape and infiltrate the lives of women with husbands. But paradoxically, prison can also make once-violent or drug-addicted men into more stable, loyal, and loving partners. We put down this brilliant book wondering where the women’s prison really is-in or outside the prison walls? (Arlie Hochschild, author of The Commercialization of Intimate Life 2007-12-07). findings should astound readers who might tend to look at these women as lacking in good judgment. People concerned with prisoners’ rights and women’s struggles will find much food for thought here.

Doing Time Together book. An illuminating analysis of women caught in the shadow of America’s massive prison system, Comfort’s book will be essential for anyone concerned with the consequences of our punitive culture.

Megan Comfort’s book on how a large correctional facility changes the . Those setting prison policy don't really try to empathize with the free wives of male prisoners either.

Megan Comfort’s book on how a large correctional facility changes the behavior of women partners of prisoners is a tour de force. Doing Time Together is one of those rare studies with information and insights that are totally new and surprising. Comfort’s description of the transition between the free world and the prison world is a little gem. (Library Journal 2007-12-07). Womanist scholars like hooks, Davis, Trinh, and many others have said feminist work too often ignores equally important issues of race and class. This book tackles race and class, not just gender.

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Her book "Doing Time Together: Love and Family in the Shadow of the Prison" (University of Chicago Press, 2008), analyzes the secondary prisonization of women in relationships with incarcerated men.

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By quadrupling the number of people behind bars in two decades, the United States has become the world leader in incarceration. Much has been written on the men who make up the vast majority of the nation’s two million inmates. But what of the women they leave behind? Doing Time Together vividly details the ways that prisons shape and infiltrate the lives of women with husbands, fiancés, and boyfriends on the inside.Megan Comfort spent years getting to know women visiting men at San Quentin State Prison, observing how their romantic relationships drew them into contact with the penitentiary. Tangling with the prison’s intrusive scrutiny and rigid rules turns these women into “quasi-inmates,” eroding the boundary between home and prison and altering their sense of intimacy, love, and justice. Yet Comfort also finds that with social welfare weakened, prisons are the most powerful public institutions available to women struggling to overcome untreated social ills and sustain relationships with marginalized men. As a result, they express great ambivalence about the prison and the control it exerts over their daily lives.An illuminating analysis of women caught in the shadow of America’s massive prison system, Comfort’s book will be essential for anyone concerned with the consequences of our punitive culture.

Comments:

Rias
Good read, but too much psychology jargon. My boyfriend of four years was recently incarcerated and has never had a record. The book gave me insight about keeping communication positive, sharing information with each other, and keeping him involved in important matters. Much of it didn't relate to my situation (we didn't live together); however, I found tidbits that had real world application. There were a few women interviewed that are financially independent and I would like to have heard more of their stories. Still searching for information that will help me cope.
lets go baby
I purchased this book for a criminal justice, racial inequality, class I was taking and I felt this book deserved 5 stars. The book dives into the lifestyles of both offenders and their families who are eagerly awaiting their return to society. The author captures your attention through easy-to-understand graphs and style of writing. A very eye-opening text!
Forcestalker
Great book, book in great condition.
lacki
Being a person who has a child by an inmate and being in a relationship with him on the inside while trying to keep myrelationships on the outside have been a trying time but this book really helped me sort hings out and made it alot easier
Vozilkree
Read once on my own and then it was a required book in a class for my Masters Degree in Crim Justice at Rutgers. Amazing.
Gavinranadar
There's a fair amount of research on locked up men, but what about the women who love them? Why do they stay? What do they tell their shared children? Do they want the world to know about their men's plights? Are they ever happy about the incarceration? This sociological book tries to answer these questions.

Dr. Comfort emphasizes the term "secondary prisonization." Wives and girlfriends get mistreated by prison staff. They receive myriad rules they have to follow. Caring for a locked up loved one cramps their styles, and especially their wallets. Those setting prison policy don't really try to empathize with the free wives of male prisoners either.

Womanist scholars like hooks, Davis, Trinh, and many others have said feminist work too often ignores equally important issues of race and class. This book tackles race and class, not just gender. Most of these female interviewees are working-class or poor. Most of the women have Black inmates as husbands or boyfriends. The interviewees do not just play the loyal female role, they are also very critical of the racism and classism their men experience.

The author does her best not to place these women on a pedestal, but not to mercilessly slam them either. The sneakiness from both men and women comes up here. On the one hand, male prisoners call wives just to make sure they are chained to the phone. Many of these men are abusive or adulterous when in the free world. However, this book has examples of women calling police to arrest their husband and then acting like, "Gee, officer! Why are you here?!" I think Foucault and his followers would love this as it speaks of those assumed to lack power being able to use power. The women like how prison forces men to be more communicative and to take breaks from violence or drugging.

The chapter "On Line at San Quentin" speaks of women's pain while on prison grounds directly, but still I think the chapter was long and somewhat unnecessary. I wonder if it could have been a later chapter, rather than an introductory one. Let's just say it's not a great example of putting one's best foot forward. The chapter "Papa's House" focuses on spouses, rather than inmates and their children, as the title might suggest. The author first says these female interviewees are highly politicized, but then concludes the book by saying they are the exact opposite.

When "The Bachelor" first came on, I had a straight female friend who asked, "I wonder if we straight females are socialized to act like the crazy chicks on that show??" The author swears up and down that these women had male suitors in the free world. Still, I wonder if these women enjoy being martyrs, if they feel empowered by being seen as long-suffering innocents. I don't fault the author one bit, but I kept wondering as I read, "How would this book be different if it involved lesbian or gay male couples? Would the dynamics be the same if it were a free man married to an incarcerated woman?" My guess is no: that gender and sexual identity do affect these dynamics.

I would also say this may be state-specific. This book speaks of conjugal visits, an option available in California. However, there are other states where married prisoners never get a chance at some physical congress. The author discusses women's sending gift packages to the men, but you sure can't do that in every state. A box from the outside world could be filled with drugs, weapons, terroristic stuff, you-name-it. Again, that option may be just in the Golden State.

This book often cites a book about women who choose single motherhood over marriage to baby daddies. I really want to get that book too. I applaud Dr. Comfort for her efforts.
SkroN
It wasn't bad.

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