Fleisher 2009 Myth

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Authors: Mark S. Fleisher and Jessie L. Krienert

Title: The Myth of Prison Rape

Subtitle: Sexual Culture in American Prisons

Place: Lanham, MD

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Year: 2009

Pages: 218pp.

ISBN-10: 0742561658 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0742561666 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-10: 0742565998 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

ISBN-13: 9780742561656 (cloth) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780742561663 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780742565999 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Types: Prison Rape

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Mark S. Fleisher, Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, Kent State University

Jessie L. Krienert, Department of Criminal Justice Sciences, Illinois State University


  List of Figures and Tables (p. vii)
  Foreword (p. ix)
  Preface (p. xi)
  Acknowledgments (p. xvii)
  1 Introduction (p. 1)
  2 Intellectual History of Prison Sexual Culture (p. 7)
  3 Research Design and Methodology (p. 29)
  4 Learning the Rules of Prison Culture (p. 47)
  5 Prison Sexual Culture (p. 63)
  6 The Culture of Sexual Victimization (p. 83)
  7 Safe Zones (p. 105)
  8 Sex and Prison Safety (p. 119)
  Epilogue (p. 133)
  Appendix: Lexicon of Prison Sexuality and Homosexual Terms (p. 141)
  References (p. 191)
  Index (p. 195)
  About the Authors (p. 199)

Description: »The Myth of Prison Rape provides a nuanced glimpse into the complex sexual dynamics of American prison. Drawing on results from the most comprehensive study of inmate sexuality to date, Mark S. Fleisher and Jessie L. Krienert analyze the intricacies of sexuality and sexual violence in daily inmate life. Pulled from over 500 interviews from male and female high-security inmates, their research assesses inmate perception, belief, opinion, and explanation of their own behavior as it relates directly and indirectly to sexual life and sexual violence. Dynamic case studies and interview excerpts enliven this cultural study of sexuality, safety, and violence in American prisons, and an appendix introduces readers to prison sexual vocabulary.« (Source: Rowman & Littlefield)


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Wikipedia: Prison rape: Prison rape in the United States

Added: October 18, 2014 – Last updated: October 18, 2014