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At Work in the Iron Cage
Author: Assistant Professor Dana M. Britton

ISBN: 9780814798836
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 17 July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 2.54 x 15.24 x 22.86
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View the Table of Contents . Read the Chapter 1 . "An important and significant contribution. . . . A study of the social construction of gender and how culture and agency influence the meaning of work . . ., vivid and compelling." --American Journal of SociologyWhen most people think of prisons, they imagine chaos, violence, and fundamentally, an atmosphere of overwhelming brute masculinity. But real prisons rarely fit the "Big House" stereotype of popular film and literature. One fifth of all correctional officers are women, and the rate at which women are imprisoned is growing faster than that of men. Yet, despite increasing numbers of women prisoners and officers, ideas about prison life and prison work are sill dominated by an exaggerated image of men's prisons where inmates supposedly struggle for physical dominance. In a rare comparative analysis of men's and women's prisons, Dana Britton identifies the factors that influence the gendering of the American workplace, a process that often leaves women in lower-paying jobs with less prestige and responsibility. In interviews with dozens of male and female officers in five p...

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