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Transforming Choices: An analysis of the trajectory of women's federal imprisonment as articulated in 'Creating Choices' and 'A Roadmap to Public Safety' Open Access


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transformation agenda
gender neutrality and neoliberalism
Creating Choices
women in prison Canada
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University of Alberta
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Struthers Montford, Kelly S.
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Hayman, Stephanie (Sociology)
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Patten, Steve (Political Science)
Gotell, Lise (Sociology/Women's Studies)
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This thesis considers two prominent and contemporary documents pertaining to federal women’s imprisonment in Canada: Creating Choices: The Report of the Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women (1990) and A Roadmap to Strengthening Public Safety (2007). I argue that Creating Choices is a feminist policy document reflecting the greater political context of post-war social liberalism, which allowed feminists to make claims to equality on the grounds that women as a group, were structurally disadvantaged and discriminated against (Brodie, 2008a, 2008b). Conversely, Roadmap employs a gender-neutral law and order discourse; its authors assume that the recommendations they make for the male prisoners can be applied to women and minority groups. I contend that this report is reflective of neoliberalism’s emphasis on individual responsibility and self-sufficiency. The current implementation of Roadmap marks a shift in the trajectory of women’s imprisonment, and signals a political shift in which gender issues are marginalized.
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