Toward a Non-Androcentric Historical Analysis of Women’s Prisons: The Cases of Santa Fe and Buenos Aires (Argentina, 1924–1936)

Abstract

This article analyzes the administration of women’s prisons in Argentina during the process of state consolidation, using two prison cases: the Correctional Institution for Women (Santa Fe) and the Olmos Prison for Women (Buenos Aires). In both cases, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd’s administration faced resistance from several state and non-state agents. We revisit an old issue using a new gender approach to investigate the relationship between female punishment, civil society, the state, its agents. The aim is to contribute toward a historical, non-androcentric analysis of women’s prisons using archival research.

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Published: 2021-06-01
Pages:67 to 82
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Author Biographies

Universidad Nacional de La Plata
 Argentina

Directora de Investigaciones, Planificación y Evaluación de Políticas de Género y Diversidad Sexual (Ministerio  Mujeres, Políticas de Género y Diversidad Sexual, Provincia de Buenos Aires)

Ayudante diplomado de Introducción a la problemática contemporánea (FAHCE-UNLP)

Sol Calandria is a PhD in History (National University of La Plata, Argentina) and her doctoral research was funded by CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council). Since 2015, she has been performing as a teaching assistant in the Department of History at the National University of La Plata, Argentina. Her research interests relate to gender, women and criminal law during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her doctoral thesis focuses on women who committed infanticide during the criminal encoding process in Argentina. In the fall of 2017, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History (Frankfurt, Germany).

Universidad Nacional de Tucumán
 Argentina

Jefe de Trabajos Prácticos de Historia de la Cultura Americana y Argentina (Facultad de Artes, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán)

Auxiliar de Primera Categoría de Historia Social General (Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán)

Luis González Alvo is a PhD in History (National University of La Plata, Argentina) and his doctoral research was funded by CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Council). Since 2014, he has been teaching assistant in the Faculty of Arts at the National University of Tucumán, Argentina. His research interests relate to legal history and social history of prisons during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His doctoral thesis focuses on the construction of Argentina's provincial penitentiary systems. Since march 2021, he has been a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Faculty of Laws of the Rio de Janeiro State University (Brasil).