ERIC Number: EJ1089236
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
The Politics of Desire and Possibility in Urban Playwriting: (Re)reading and (Re)writing the Script
Winn, Maisha T.
Pedagogies: An International Journal, v7 n4 p317-332 2012
In this article, the author analyses scripts written by incarcerated girls in playwriting and performance workshops conducted in regional youth detention centres and performed by formerly incarcerated girls in a programme called "Girl Time" in an urban American southeastern city. Through a close reading and analysis of characters, plots and settings, the author argues that this catalogue of plays collected over a 5-year period (2006-2011) embodies the ways in which incarcerated girls--primarily African American and ages 14-17--used playwriting as a tool to navigate "betwixt and between" lives that are a result of being entangled in the juvenile justice system. The author ultimately argues that these "urban playwrights" articulate a desire that focuses on possible lives beyond detainment and incarceration.
Descriptors: Institutionalized Persons, African Americans, Females, Adolescents, Correctional Institutions, Playwriting, Scripts, Workshops, Juvenile Justice, Aspiration, Ethnography, Coding, Interpersonal Relationship, Discourse Analysis, Urban Youth
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