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In the Heart of the Beast: Masculinity and Fathering on the Inside

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Often, the male criminal is considered—in both the popular imagination and within the legal system—as separate from family and community. Yet, over half of men in prison are fathers for over a million children nation-wide. The prison system reinforces certain aspects of masculinity, assuming male criminals to be aggressive, violent, and coldly rational; at the same time, that system robs prisoners of “manhood as well as freedom” (Rhodes 2004, p. 72). The penal system adds another level of complexity to the process of identity construction for inmate fathers. Drawing on thirty (30) life history interviews with incarcerated fathers and extensive ethnographic data, this paper examines how the penal system exacerbates specific aspects of masculinity and the ways incarcerated men negotiate the tensions between masculinity and fatherhood. My research project is well situated to capture the tension between agency and structure as men negotiate their gender and parenting identities, both within the prison itself and with their families still on the outside.
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Curtis, Anna. "In the Heart of the Beast: Masculinity and Fathering on the Inside" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372452_index.html>

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Curtis, A. , 2009-11-04 "In the Heart of the Beast: Masculinity and Fathering on the Inside" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p372452_index.html

Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
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Abstract: Often, the male criminal is considered—in both the popular imagination and within the legal system—as separate from family and community. Yet, over half of men in prison are fathers for over a million children nation-wide. The prison system reinforces certain aspects of masculinity, assuming male criminals to be aggressive, violent, and coldly rational; at the same time, that system robs prisoners of “manhood as well as freedom” (Rhodes 2004, p. 72). The penal system adds another level of complexity to the process of identity construction for inmate fathers. Drawing on thirty (30) life history interviews with incarcerated fathers and extensive ethnographic data, this paper examines how the penal system exacerbates specific aspects of masculinity and the ways incarcerated men negotiate the tensions between masculinity and fatherhood. My research project is well situated to capture the tension between agency and structure as men negotiate their gender and parenting identities, both within the prison itself and with their families still on the outside.


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