This is the blog for Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists, edited by Ashley Lucas and Jodie Michelle Lawston, just out from SUNY Press. This important collection illustrates how the arts and the social sciences not only can, but must, work together to illuminate the lives of imprisoned women.
To quote from the blurb: “Jodie Michelle Lawston and Ashley E. Lucas have created a powerful call to action, a reminder that resistance is not futile. With powerful images, testimony, intersectional theorizing, and examples of educational and visual organizing, Razor Wire Women offers essential readings for organizers and scholars—both inside and outside of women’s prisons and detention centers. This is a central read for courses in women’s and gender studies, justice, and sociology, and for all invested in interrupting our nation’s expanding carceral nation.” — Erica R. Meiners, author of Right to Be Hostile: Schools, Prisons, and the Making of Public Enemies
Here on this blog, we’ll attempt to further the conversation this book begins, linking to reviews and also to news and analysis relevant to the issues it raises. Hopefully, in a small way, this site will help make visible what women prisoners experience–and the hope and resilience of which they are still capable.