Glossary of Terms

Tina Reynolds

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI:
Glossary of Terms

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This chapter presents a glossary of terms in opposition to the language that society has adopted to unidentify people who have been in conflict with the law. These examples of oppressive terminology show how language harms people, deepening their invisibility as human beings and undermining their eligibility for forgiveness and redemption. Derogatory, dehumanizing, and oppressive, this language is passed down to innocent family members, including children, further complicating the acceptance of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people into social circles and society. Some examples of these derogatory terms are reentry, inmate, convict, rehabilitation, ex-con or ex-convict, and offender.

Keywords: language; glossary; terminology; incarcerated people; reentry; inmate; convict; rehabilitation; ex-convict; offender

Chapter.  715 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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