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This book is a cross-section of the rich variety of programs of theater with offenders. This multi-disciplinary volume debates both in the criminal justice system and in discussions about the role and function of theater. The contributors explore a wide range of topics within this diverse field, including: working with women prisoners and people with learning difficulties; dramatherapy with sex offenders; theater work with young offenders; and dramatic intervention in probation services and with ex-offenders. This is a stimulating and thought-provoking book which is valuable reading for practitioners, professionals and students in a broad scope of fields which includes arts therapy, criminology and criminal justice, psychology and performing arts.

Incl. working w/women prisoners & w/people w/learning disabilities; dramatherapy w/violent offenders; intervention

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Thirteen multi-disciplinary contributions inform debates both in the criminal justice system and the role and function of theater. Coverage includes topics such as working with women prisoners and with people with learning difficulties; dramatherapy with violent offenders; prison theater work in Brazil; theater work with young offenders; and dramatic intervention in probation services and with ex-offenders. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853024177
  • Publisher: Kingsley, Jessica Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1998
  • Series: Forensic Focus Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 8
Introduction 9
Pt. I Questioning the Practice
1 Theatre, Prisons and Citizenship: A South American Way 31
2 Resistance and Expression: Working with Women Prisoners and Drama 43
Pt. II Therapy and Rehabilitation
3 Treading on Tales: Telling all Stories 67
4 Holding On: Dramatherapy with Offenders 89
5 The House of Four Rooms: Theatre, Violence and the Cycle of Change 109
6 Twisting Paradoxes 127
Pt. III Working in the Institution
7 Creating Drama through Advanced Improvisation in Prisons 145
8 'Silent Voices': Working with Black Male Inmates - A Perspective 171
9 The Prisoner's Voice 183
10 Drama and the Institution 197
11 Shakespeare and Broadmoor: Timelessness Updated 209
Pt. IV Evaluation and History
12 Evaluating Theatre in Prisons and Probation 217
13 Rebellion and Theatre in Brazilian Prisons: An Historical Footnote 231
List of Useful Addresses 239
The Contributors 240
Subject Index 243
Author Index 247
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