Academic journal article Genders

Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers

Academic journal article Genders

Who's in Prison in the U.S.? Who's Not? A Special Call for Papers

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Recent gender studies about criminality have focused on the decriminalization of same sex relationships. Disputes about a woman's right to choose abortion have also drawn attention. While these issues are important, they have been considered in a context that has not recognized the huge growth of the prison system in the U.S. over the last two decades. The United States now imprisons a larger percentage of its population than any other country. One in every 31 adults is now in prison or on parole. * The Department of Justice verifies that over 7.3 million people were under some form of "correctional supervision"--probation, prison, jail, or parole--in 2008. ** More than half of all immigrants imprisoned by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in January, 2009, had not been convicted of a crime. ***

To contemplate this larger context, we would like to publish essays that analyze the U.S. system of criminality and the semiotics that supports it. What is excluded from consideration by narrow definitions in laws that circumscribe sexuality and gender? How is sexuality deployed in ways that cover up or obscure how criminality and punishment are determined? …

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