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Description - Nothing Bad Happens to Good Girls by Esther Madriz

An analysis of how women in the United States perceive the threat of crime in their everyday lives and how that perception controls their behaviour. Esther Madriz draws on focus groups and interviews to show the damage that fear can wreak on women of different ages and socio-economic backgrounds. Although anxiety about crime effects virtually every woman, Madriz shows that race and class position play a role in a woman's sense and vulnerability. Fear of crime has resulted in public demand for stronger and more repressive policies throughout the country. As funds for social programmes are cut, Madriz points out, those for more prisons and police are on the increase. She also illustrates how media images of victims - "good" victims aren't culpable, "bad" victims invite trouble - and a tough political stance toward criminals are linked to a general climate of economic uncertainty and conservatism. Madriz argues that fear itself is a strong element in keeping women subservient and self-limiting social positions. "Policing" themselves, they construct a restricted world that leads to positions of even greater subordination: being a women means being vulnerable.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520208551
ISBN-10: 0520208552
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 19-Jun-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Esther Madriz

Esther Madriz teaches in the Sociology Department at the University of San Francisco.