Vulnerability in Narratives of Women Imprisoned for Violent Crimes

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Venäläinen , S M 2019 , ' Vulnerability in Narratives of Women Imprisoned for Violent Crimes ' , Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society , vol. 43 , no. 3 (2018) , pp. 102-112 .

Title: Vulnerability in Narratives of Women Imprisoned for Violent Crimes
Author: Venäläinen, Satu Maarit
Contributor organization: Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Social Psychology
Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ)
Social Psychologists Studying Intergroup Relations (ESSO)
Everyday thinking and arguing
Date: 2019
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Journal of the Finnish Anthropological Society
ISSN: 0355-3930
Abstract: This paper focuses on ways in which vulnerability is given meaning and related to in narratives of women serving a prison sentence for violent crimes. These women can be seen as inhabiting specifically vulnerable social positions in many respects, while at the same time their vulnerability is often denied. In my analysis I view the past, present, and future vulnerabilities of these women in a dialectical relation with the narratives they tell and the identities they enact through these tellings. In their narratives, vulnerability entwines with agentic orientations towards violence in complex ways. While often figuring as part of the context of doing violence, vulnerability is also refuted, combated, and distanced from the selves constituted in the narratives. In my reading, these ambivalent relations to vulnerability reflect the gendered trouble it poses for being seen as a worthy subject in the context of Western valorization of autonomy and individual agency.
Subject: 5144 Social psychology
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc
Usage restriction: openAccess
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