Date of Award
Master of Arts in American Studies (MAST)
Dr. LeeAnn Lands
Dr. Reta Ugena Whitlock
Dr. Rebecca Hill
The power hierarchy established within the Georgia Department of Corrections exerts an excess of control over the bodies of women, regulating not only their bodies through community isolation, that is, imprisonment, but also simultaneously denying women their right to form intimate relationships. Especially vigilant over same-sex relationships, the institution enforces a heteronomative value system, punishing consenual intimate contact among inmates and thus reinforcing--indeed, endorsing, a state-sanctified hegemony of heteronomativity. The Georgia DOC projects itself as a social response to crime; however, it is also, clearly, an instrument of the perpetuation of cultural norms and a place wherein dominant religous views about life, death and sex are (ad)ministered. Conservative Christian ideology, pervasive in the Georgia prison system, is used to control women's bodies as well as to continue to frame them as "fallen women". This paper examines the conditions of sexual and religious control of Georgia's Women's Prisons.
Ballew, Gwendelyn L., "Religious Control Within Georgia's Women's Prisons and How It Influences Sexual Identities" (2011). Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects. 452.
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