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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, vol. 59, no. 8, pp. 798-809, doi: 10.1177/0306624X14529728.

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Title Performing desistance: how might theories of desistance from crime help us understand the possibilities of prison theatre?
Author(s) Davey, Linda
Day, Andrew
Balfour, Michael
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 59
Issue number 8
Start page 798
End page 809
Total pages 12
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2015-07
ISSN 1552-6933
Keyword(s) desistance
prison theatre
rehabilitation
reintegration
Social Sciences
Criminology & Penology
Psychology, Applied
Psychology
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X14529728
Field of Research 1602 Criminology
1701 Psychology
1801 Law
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Sage
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30075136

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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