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The Prison, Welfare, and Labor Market Nexus: A Gendered Analysis of the Violence of Incarceration

Thursday Lecture Series, Violence and Critique

dateFebruary 18, 2010 timeThursday, 12:15pm EST location The Heyman Center, Columbia University

Professor Bumiller’s talk examined the gendered dimension of ex-prisoner issues, in particular, the ways that ex-prisoners’ concerns, including employment, discrimination, and even activism, are fundamentally shaped by their intersections with gender. For example, Professor Bumiller’s research finds that while male ex-prisoners often rank employment as their primary concern, female ex-prisoners, particularly mothers, rank housing as their primary concern, as they struggle to provide for their children. The talk concluded by critiquing neoliberal policy with regard to prisons, particularly as neoliberal regimes are invested both in curtailing their responsibilities to dependent citizens and in regulating those citizens who need governmental services.