Performing desistance: how might theories of desistance from crime help us understand the possibilities of prison theatre?

Davey, Linda, Day, Andrew, and Balfour, Michael (2015) Performing desistance: how might theories of desistance from crime help us understand the possibilities of prison theatre? International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 59 (8). pp. 798-809.

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Abstract

Despite the ubiquity of theatre projects in prisons there has been little (published) discussion of the application of theatre to the theories of criminology or rehabilitation of offenders, and scant examination of the potential for criminological theories to inform theatre practice in criminal justice settings. This article seeks to address this deficit and argues that positioning prison theatre within the discipline of positive criminology, specifically contemporary theories of desistance from crime, provides a theoretical framework for understanding the contribution that prison theatre might be making in the correctional setting. Through a review of related literature, the article explores how prison theatre may be motivating offenders toward the construction of a more adaptive narrative identity and toward the acquisition of capabilities that might usefully assist them in the process of desisting from crime.

Item ID: 47213
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-6933
Keywords: prison theatre, desistance, reintegration, rehabilitation
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170104 Forensic Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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