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Additional resources for Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation
These types of behavior arguably occur in many intimate relationships, even healthy ones. Rather, the situation described by the research on this form of violence against women reveals a pattern of controlling emotional and social behavior that reinforces the terrifying consequences of physical assaults and routine sexual abuse. These behaviors are harmful in and of themselves, but their dangerousness lies in how it layers on to physical injury and sexual trauma, creating a hostile social context of shame and terror within which intimate physical and sexual violence occurs.
These [ 16 ] Introduction women’s experiences demonstrate the need for attention to issues of social marginalization and community disempowerment; they highlight the dangers of relying on mainstream state institutions to solve complex social problems, in particular those embedded in race, class, gender, and arrangements regarding sexuality in contemporary society. The three cases raise fundamental questions about what happens to Black women who experience male violence in a climate that gives way to the buildup of a prison nation—a climate where the broader social agenda is shaped by mean-spirited public policies designed to create intolerance of difference, to erode public services, and to increase social inequality.
20 ] Introduction First, we cannot understand the experience of violence against women who are socially disadvantaged without an understanding of the broader context of their lives within this prison nation. Secondly, the buildup of the prison nation that surrounded them, the erosion of public support, the mean-spirited public policies, the disenfranchisement facing their communities, and the conservative anti-violence movement are clearly linked in ways that, for them, are deadly. After defining what a prison nation is, I document how its construction is motivated by goals that are far apart from the stated goals of advancing social stability, increasing individual responsibility, protecting vulnerable women, or controlling crime.