Alternative Offender Rehabilitation and Social Justice: Arts by Wesley Crichlow, Janelle Joseph

By Wesley Crichlow, Janelle Joseph

This booklet demonstrates that substitute ways to legal rehabilitation reach constructing pro-social attitudes and in enhancing psychological, actual and non secular healthiness for early life and adults in felony and neighborhood settings. using mindfulness is highlighted as a foundational device of self-reflexivity, inventive expression and remedy.

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Institutions and intervention-based practices need to move beyond a stereotypic focus on “angry and competitive men” and towards a real focus on a gendered understanding and sensitivity to those social and individual processes that produce high rates of aggression and violence among men in the first place. While there are numerous cultural practices that contribute to the gendered social construction of aggression, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is one “official” zone where we see gender-specific language that draws on unfortunate gender stereotypes that encourage aggressive behaviour among boys (and conversely, encourage submissive behaviours among girls).

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