Restorative Justice Education and Masculinity: Three Interactional Resources Gained in a Prison Context
Haverford College. Department of Sociology
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This paper identifies three interactional resources that supported and continue to support four men in enacting non-violent masculinities both during and after a period of incarceration. These include discursive resources, which are the new ways in which the respondents learned to speak about harm, justice, their pasts, and the incidents that led to their incarceration; positive social ties, which are the support networks that enable them to live in accordance with their aspirations; and affective resources, which are the emotional capacities that allow them to create non-violent and close relationships with other people. They gained these resources through several prison programs and activities, but the effects of Let’s Circle Up, a restorative justice education group, are specifically explored. I assert that Let’s Circle Up provides a model for how programs (both inside and outside of prison) can support men in enacting non-violent masculinities.