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Working for JusticeA Handbook of Prison Education and Activism$
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Stephen John Hartnett, Eleanor Novek, and Jennifer K. Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037702

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037702.001.0001

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Kings, Warriors, Magicians, and Lovers

Kings, Warriors, Magicians, and Lovers

Prison Theater and Alternative Performances of Masculinity

(p.12) (p.13) Chapter 1 Kings, Warriors, Magicians, and Lovers
Working for Justice

Jonathan Shailor

University of Illinois Press

This chapter illustrates how theater helps imprisoned men explore new modes of self-actualization. Recognizing that “bad masculinity” drives much of the violence in the American prison culture, it argues that imprisoned performers can draw upon Jungian archetypes, Buddhist meditation techniques, and collaborative theater to help craft new selves free from the habitual violence that lingers within typical male roles. The chapter also examines the Theater of Empowerment, a performance-based course emphasizing personal and social development. The perspective offered in the course incorporates both the feminist critique of a sexist, patriarchal model of manhood, and the Jungian vision of a male identity that evolves toward wholeness, embracing both masculine and feminine characteristics.

Keywords:   theater, imprisoned men, self-actualization, bad masculinity, American prison culture, Jungian archetypes, Buddhist meditation, femininity, male roles

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