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Product Details

  • Series: Alternative Criminology
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814727913
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814727911
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Highly recommended.”


“In Our Bodies, Our Crimes, Flavin traces the life-and-death power that the little-examined patriarchal assumptions informing our common life can have—especially among poor, nonwhite women. Flavin . . . supplies a sobering primer on the laws and social constraints that keep women from fully controlling their bodies. The case studies she surveys in Our Bodies, Our Crimes make it painfully clear that the freedom to decide how and when to reproduce is, for a huge swath of American women, just as important as the much more fervidly discussed question of how and when women can choose not to reproduce.”



“Bolstered by quotes and firsthand accounts, Flavin delivers eye-opening reports on topics including abortion rights, infant abandonment and battered women, detailing little-noticed or taken-for-granted policies that restrict and remand women. Written in a flowing academic style, Flavin’s attention to historical detail and unfailing moral compass make her progressive reexamination of women’s rights thorough and convincing.”
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)


"Flavin's book shows how American women, especially those who are poor or incarcerated, face societal pressure, stigma and even legal procedures in attempts to force them to become the "right" kind of mothersif they are deemed worthy of motherhood at all."
-Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion,

Our Bodies, Our Crimes is a beautifully written and well researched book that makes an original and important contribution to the emerging social science literature on reproductive politics. I strongly recommend it.”

-Carole Joffe,author of Doctors of Conscience: The Struggle to Provide Abortion before and after Roe v Wade

About the Author

Jeanne Flavin is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University in New York City. She is author of the award-winning Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009), co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007), and author of more than two dozen other scholarly publications. She received a Fulbright research award in 2009 to study gender, family, and crime in South Africa. She also is the 2013 recipient of the Sociologists for Women in Society's Feminist Activism Award.  Currently, she serves as president of the board of directors for National Advocates for Pregnant Women.  Jeanne grew up on a farm in rural Kansas.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danielle N. Hart on April 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This was an excellent read about an aspect of the choice question that is not often highlighted. I particularly enjoyed the author's running discussion about women's citizenship and how women are judged on their womanly/motherly characteristics, even when we have put them in a position where those qualities don't count for much, as well as some reproductive rights issues faced by women of color. The author also provides an extensive section of end notes (about 25-30% of the book is end notes), as well as nice bibliography/index. The writing is concise, but not boring. Well worth reading.
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