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, vol. 50, no. 5, pp. 520-539, doi: 10.1177/0306624X06286971.

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Title The meaning of anger for Australian Indigenous offenders : the significance of context
Author(s) Day, Andrew
Davey, Linda
Wanganeen, Rosemary
Howells, Kevin
DeSantolo, Jason
Nakata, Martin
Journal name International journal of offender therapy and comparative criminology
Volume number 50
Issue number 5
Start page 520
End page 539
Publisher The Association
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 0306-624X
Keyword(s) anger
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0306624X06286971
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Sage Publications
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