CFP for edited collection on Women in Prison

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Call for Publications
October 15, 2015
United States
Subject Fields: 
Women's & Gender History / Studies, Human Rights, Government and Public Service

Call for Papers for edited collection on Women in Prison

Co-editors: Erica Rhodes Hayden, Ph.D. and Theresa Jach, Ph.D.

Seeking submissions for a collection of essays on the topic of women in prison to be proposed to Lexington Books.

Deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2015


Historically, women incarcerated in prison, jails, and reformatories accounted for a small number of inmates across the United States.  Early on, they were often held in prisons alongside men and faced neglect, exploitation, and poor living conditions.  Various attempts to reform them, ranging from moral instruction and education to domestic training, faced opposition at times from state officials, prison employees, and even male prison reformers.  Due to the consistent small populations and relative neglect the women often faced, their experiences in prison have been understudied. 

This volume seeks to add to the growing scholarship on inmate experiences by recapturing the experiences of female inmates in U.S. history.  This edited collection will explore the challenges women faced as inmates, their efforts to exert agency or control over their lives and bodies, how issues of race and social class influenced experiences, and how their experiences differed from that of male inmates.  We are seeking submissions that cover a wide range of time periods and geography within the United States. 

Submission guidelines:

Please send abstracts of 150-250 words and a brief author bio by October 15, 2015. 

Please send your inquiries and abstracts to the editors: and

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