Inside the prison parenting classroom: caring, sharing and the softer side of masculinity

Buston, K. (2018) Inside the prison parenting classroom: caring, sharing and the softer side of masculinity. In: Maycock, M. and Hunt, K. (eds.) New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities. Series: Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham, Switzerland, pp. 277-306. ISBN 9783319656533 (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-65654-0_12)

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This chapter draws on ethnographic work with young fathers attending a prison parenting programme in a Scottish Young Offender Institution. The programme facilitators encouraged sharing and caring, creating a space in the classroom where the men could feel comfortable showing their softer side. By talking about their present and past lives in relation to parenthood, and reflecting together, it is theorised that the men will (further) realise how important their fatherhood role is, and be motivated to change their parenting practices in positive ways. The chapter explores how hyper-masculine discourses and performances contrasted, and meshed, with much softer discourses and performances of masculinity. The wider implications for prison-based group interventions which theorise behavioural change around sharing of experiences, and developing caring relationships with peers and facilitators are discussed.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Buston, Dr Katie
Authors: Buston, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Published Online:22 February 2018

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
727631SPHSU Core Renewal: Relationships & Health Improvement Research ProgrammeLisa McDaidMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12017/11IHW - MRC/CSO SPHU