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Women Guarding Men

The hiring of women as guards in men’s prisons represents a major breakthrough in women’s efforts to achieve full sexual equality in the workplace. This dramatic social change has required great flexibility on the part of the women guards as well as substantial adjustments by their male counterparts, prison administrators, and the inmates themselves. In the first comprehensive study of this phenomenon, Lynn Zimmer examines the experiences of the women and men involved in the painful process of transition from a segregated to an integrated prison environment. Women Guarding Men is significant not only for its vivid depiction of their trials, but for its contribution to a general theory of women’s occupational and organizational behavior.

278 pages | 6-1/2 x 9-1/2 | © 1986

Studies in Crime and Justice


Gender and Sexuality

Law and Legal Studies: General Legal Studies

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Foreword by James B. Jacobs
1. Introduction
2. Setting: The American Prison
3. Becoming a Guard
4. Individual and Institutional Reaction to Women in the Guard Force
5. Female Guards on the Job: Coping with Discrimination and Overcoming Obstacles
6. How Female Guards Adapt to the Job
7. Impact of Women on the Prison
8. The Future of Women in Corrections
9. Building a Theory of Women’s Occupational Experiences
Appendix: Research Methodology

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