(En)gendering habitus: women, prison, resistance

Walsh, Aylwyn (2014) (En)gendering habitus: women, prison, resistance. Contemporary Theatre Review, 24 (1). pp. 40-52. ISSN 1048-6801

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In this article, I examine the ways contemporary performances about women in prison have foregrounded gendered behaviours in relation to the institution. Prison is considered as a setting for the durational performances of incarcerated bodies, and Bourdieu’s theory of habitus is deployed to consider everyday dispositions within the specific field. Theatre provides an aesthetic frame through which to consider prisons and the performativity of punishment, as put forward by Caoimhe McAvinchey. Bourdieu’s interconnected concepts of capital, agency, habitus and field frame the investigation into the work of a single playwright, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Keywords:Women in Prison, NotOAChecked
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W490 Drama not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
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Deposited On:07 Jun 2013 16:23

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