Gender Entrapment In Compelled To Crime

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Compelled to Crime: the gender entrapment of battered black women tells the stories of battered African American women who are being imprisoned at Rikers Island Correction Facility. Beth Richie explains that through “gender entrapment” these women have been marginalized by society and thrown aside, and left vulnerable to violence by the men in their lives. Without any other choice these women turn to fear and are thrown through the revolving door of the criminal justice system, which builds on their oppression. Summary Introduction Richie begins her book with a basic introduction; she explains how poor African American battered women are being restricted through their gender roles, stigmatisms based on their race and social class, and oppressed…show more content…
I’ll start off with General Strain theory, it states that strain can be caused by failure to achieve positively valued stimuli, the loss of positively valued stimuli, and presentation of negative stimuli. In Compelled to Crime, the African American battered women were overwhelmed with strain, in response they acted out by committing an array of different crimes. The reasoning behind this could be because of their low levels of social support. The African American battered women did not have a lot of support; they were most of the time cut off from their families and friends. Another example of how strain applies to these women can be seen in Agnew’s writings when he said “Data suggest that child abuse and neglect negative school experiences, chronic unemployment, and residence in deprived communities are important causes sate anger and that such anger explains much of the effective of strains on crime.” (Agnew, Chp. 9) The presentation of negative stimuli or in the case of the African American battered women this was the abuse they received, regularly, which will cause large amounts of strain. The way most of these women dealt with the abuse was through drug and alcohol…show more content…
It states that the goal in life is to achieve the “American dream”, such as being financially successful. This is seen throughout Compelled to Crime. One of the biggest conflicts for the African American battered women faced was wanting a “normal life” Since this goal was not being met the African American battered women were strained, and to get rid of this strain, they had to use one of his modes of adaption. These modes of adaption consist of, conformity, innovation, ritualism, and retreatism. At first the African American battered women used the mode innovation, they tried to work their goal into the lives of their new husbands. Then the abuse started and the women had to adapt, so they, conformed their idea of a normal life around what was going on. Then it became evident that their goal was not going to be accomplished and the women took on the mode of
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