Amy B. Smoyer, PhD

Incarcerated Lives, Health & Social Work


What colors do you see?
One more section of data analysis to conduct in order to finish the second draft of my dissertation.  The topic? Race.  Stories about prison.  Stories about food.  What is the role of race in these narratives?

I didn't specifically ask study participants to comment on how race shaped their incarcerated experiences.  So, on the one hand, I have little data about race.  On the other hand, all the data is about race because the US criminal justice system is so racial-ized. Visible. Invisible.

To help me along, I have been reading Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  And doing a lot of yoga.  So here we go.  Deep breath right into the twist.  Let's see if I can begin let go of what is held right under our shoulder blades.