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In the present essay the phenomenon of women in prison is approached from the symbolic interactionism approach, using as a central theoretical tool the category of stigma elaborated by Erving Goffman. The premise is that women are part of a process of captivity that occurs simultaneously in the factual and symbolic; because the desacreditables characteristics that are assigned to them when not fulfilling the social expectations towards their sort legitimizes in the moment that they aredoi:10.25965/trahs.862 fatcat:bed7h2heprf3xjpq67bkbqwxie