The purpose of this article is to describe the meaning of incarceration for African American women as depicted in the narratives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated African American women. This article uses black feminist thought as the primary theoretical framework to provide the relevant context for understanding the race, sexual, and gender oppressions that contribute to African American women's experiences with imprisonment. I argue that black women's prison narratives offer a unique insight into interlocking patterns of oppression that contribute to their incarceration, and how discrimination based on race, gender, and sexuality extends into prison.
Black Women's Prison Narratives and the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexuality in US Prisons
Breea C. Willingham
Josie Billington, Melissa Dearey, Bethanie Petty, Brett Thompson, Clinton R. Lear, Donna Gibbs, Stephanie Gadsby, Tobi Jacobi, Joe Lockard, Sherry Rankins-Robertson, Simon Rolston, Anne Schwan, Breea C. Willingham, and Ed Wiltse
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