Page Count: 255
Publication Date: October 2015
"Looking for Ashley is a richly textured and theoretically grounded analysis of what the author terms the social, juridical and biological deaths of Ashley Smith while in custody in Canada in 2007. In this compelling and challenging read, Rebecca Jaremko Bromwich conscientiously takes the reader through multiple interpretations of diverse data-including diaries, news reports and official documents-to illustrate the competing social constructions of Ashley that facilitated both her death and the official and public understandings of her death. The result is a book that encourages all of us to reconsider the power and use of such constructions in our efforts to seek or to analyze justice."
-Michelle Hughes Miller, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of South Florida
"Looking for Ashley is a brilliant read. It is an engaging, provocative piece built on rigorous research with an incredible depth of both primary and secondary sources. Using the Ashley Smith case as a case study, Bromwich skilfully stitches together a detailed description of the shockingly horrific treatment of Ashley Smith in the justice system with a thoughtful critique on girls, power, agency and the technologies of governance. Using the lens of discourse studies, Bromwich reveals much of what is structurally and ideologically wrong with the contemporary justice system and its treatment of girls. Bromwich's writing style is smart, engaging and brave. I had a hard time putting this book down, despite the difficulty of the topic. This is a book that will be used broadly in legal studies but also in youth cultural studies, women's studies, girls studies, critical disability studies, criminology, and sociology."
-Natalie Coulter, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, York University
"This book provides a refreshing challenge to some common beliefs about the Ashley Smith case. The author critically analyzes the complex relationship between criminal justice and the discipline of psychiatry, as well as the processes that shaped Smith was perceived both within the prison system and in the public debates that followed her death. Looking for Ashley raises compelling questions concerning not only Smith's tragic story, but also more generally the prison system in Canada."
-Diana Young, Associate Professor, Carleton University Department of Law and Legal Studies
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