The meaning of anger for Australian Indigenous offenders: the significance of context

Day, Andrew, Davey, Linda, Wanganeen, Rosemary, Howells, Kevin, DeSantolo, Jason, and Nakata, Martin (2006) The meaning of anger for Australian Indigenous offenders: the significance of context. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 50 (5). pp. 520-539.

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Abstract

The problem of overrepresentation of Indigenous offenders in Australian prisons highlights the need for effective tertiary intervention programs within correctional settings as a way of reducing Indigenous reincarceration. This study seeks to explore meanings of anger within an Indigenous context that might inform the development of more acceptable and potentially more effective rehabilitation programs. A methodology that acknowledges the importance of narrative, context, and culture was devised to explore how anger as an emotion is understood and experienced by a group of Indigenous men in a South Australian prison. Although some of the major themes reflected experiences of anger common to many offenders, it was evident that for these Indigenous men, anger was experienced within a broad social and political context that imbued the experience of anger with layers of culturally specific meaning. It is suggested that these layers of meaning constitute sufficient difference to warrant further exploration.

Item ID: 47171
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6933
Keywords: anger, Indigenous, rehabilitation, prison
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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