Date of Award
Doctoral Research Paper
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., A.B.P.P.
Second Committee Member
Artur Poczwardowski, Ph.D.
Third Committee Member
Joyce Smith, Psy.D.
Reentry, Masculinity, Performance theory
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Men and boys commit more crime, are more violent, and are more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system than women and girls (Cohen & Harvey, 2006; Carson, 2018; Zimmerman & Messner, 2010). Within the past two decades, criminal studies have begun to consider masculinity as a social construct to explain the gender gap in crime rates. However, more research is needed to understand its relationship to reentry and recidivism. The lens of masculinity as a performance is valuable and has a proud scholarly history, including the works of Judith Butler and Erving Goffman. This paper conceptualizes prisoner reentry through the lens of masculinity as theater and offers some considerations about psychotherapy and reintegration for individuals who have been released from prison.
Bratcher, Jannae D., "Bad Boys, Bad Boys: Masculinity, Performance Theory, and Prisoner Re-Entry" (2020). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 363.