From 'Deviant Girl' to 'Unempowerable Woman': Reconstructing Resistance in the Case of Ashley Smith

Nicole LeBlanc
This research explores the traditional and contemporary construction of undesirable female behaviour as both ‘risky’ and ‘abnormal’, and the implication this had on the Correctional Service of Canada’s response to Ashley Smith’s self-injurious behaviour. Smith was kept in segregation for 11.5 months of federal custody until she ultimately ended her own life while correctional staff watched without intervening. In order to capture the evolution of Smith’s undesirable behaviour and the institutional responses leading up to...
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