The purpose of this research is to critically analyze Orange is the New Black (OITNB) by conducting an intersectional analysis of seasons 1 and 2. Imprisoned women are excluded from discussions about their oppression. Incarcerated women lack: 1) the four domains of power, which are hegemonic, interpersonal, disciplinary, and structural; and 2) control of their representations. Media’s representations about imprisoned women are accessible through movies, television news, television shows, and newspapers; which have consistently depicted women in prison inaccurately as “bad”, violent, and sexually insatiable. The women who write prison narratives books are not representative of the female prison system, often reflecting their personal experience.
OITNB is an internationally famous and award-winning show with a readily accessible and influential platform (Netflix). OITNB is relevant to the current discussion of imprisoned women and their representation of females; thus, it is important to ask how the show presents and depicts the women’s Federal prison system. An intersectional analysis will examine how women of different racial/ethnic groups and criminal offenses are represented in OITNB. To establish whether OITNB is disrupting or reinforcing these images for women imprisoned as a whole, or for specific racial/ethnic groups, or criminal offense types.
|Commitee:||Bose, Christine E., Lachmann, Richard W.|
|School:||State University of New York at Albany|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Multimedia Communications, Sociology, Criminology, Film studies|
|Keywords:||Female prisoners, Intersectional analysis, Media, Orange is the New Black, Representations|
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