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Author Toney, Mark Warren
Title A second chance---for the first time: Movement formation among formerly incarcerated people
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Descript 233 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-03, Section: A, page: 1169
Adviser: Kristin Luker
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Berkeley, 2007
A growing body of research indicates that the rapid growth in extended penalties that have been imposed upon millions of people, after their prison terms have been served, has exacerbated patterns of poverty, racial stratification, family dissolution, and other social problems, as much as has the rapid growth of mass incarceration, during the past two decades. In recent years there has emerged in communities across the U.S., an increasing interest in removing legal reentry barriers for people returning home form prison, with a special focus on the disproportionate burden upon young Black males, by eliminating extended penalties such as: employment disqualification; ineligibility for public housing, educational grants, and public benefits; termination of parental rights; disenfranchisement from voting and deprivation of political representation; and in some cases, detention and deportation
This inquiry has been designed to offer answers to three basic questions about a formative, yet deliberate, effort to build a social movement to eliminate post--incarceration sanctions and restore basic human rights to people with criminal records: (1) Does this effort constitute a movement? (2) If so, what type of movement? (3) How can it be further developed?
This study introduces the Social Movement Typology as a tool that relies upon variations in two key factors of movement emergence and growth---marshalling forces and reframing contests---to classify social movement organizations, including the emerging Reentry Movement, into four distinct categories: Localized Movements, Professionalized Movements, Grassroots Movements, and Grand Movements. Through incorporating excerpts from extensive interviews of people working for policy change in this arena, especially upon those who have themselves been incarcerated, this study seeks to give voice to the growing number of people with criminal records who are attempting to build a social movement to eliminate categorical lifetime sanctions that erode their basic rights, and to restore their ability to participate in society as full partners
School code: 0028
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-03A
Subject Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Sociology, Ethnic and Racial Studies
Sociology, Social Structure and Development
Alt Author University of California, Berkeley
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