Can't Catch a Break book coverCan't Catch a Break: Gender, Jail, Drugs, and the Limits of Personal Responsibility by Sociology Professors Susan Sered and Maureen Norton-Hawk has received the Western Social Science Association Distinguished Book Award for 2016.

The book tells the personal stories of 40 women the authors have come to know during five years of field work. It documents the day-to-day struggles of the women in the face of sexual abuse, violent communities, ineffective social and therapeutic programs, discriminatory local and federal policies, criminalization, incarceration, and a broad cultural consensus that views suffering as a consequence of personal flaws and bad choices. 

Can't Catch a Break offers astute policy analysis as it chronicles the ways that marginalized women navigate an unforgiving world.