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Exploring Prison Podcasts: Storytelling as a means to Recovery

Kiernan, Grace (2021) Exploring Prison Podcasts: Storytelling as a means to Recovery.

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Abstract:This study explored the potential of prison podcasts to facilitate recovery. Interviews were conducted with leaders of prison podcast projects, prison podcasts were analysed in a three-step narrative analysis, and focus group discussions with inmates were conducted in Germany to explore their perspectives. Recovery processes were explored using the CHIME framework. The leaders of podcast projects maintained that if inmates are permitted autonomy and staff collaborates, podcasting enables prisoners to tell their stories, contributes to resocialization, and acts as a medium to connect inmates with society. Two story types were identified in the podcasts: 1) a story of limitation, which describes the prison bureaucracy as disempowering and a cause of disconnectedness; 2) a story of opportunity, which describes inmates experiencing meaning and connectedness in work. Focus group participants spoke about experiences of disempowerment, but also about maintaining a sense of agency in prison. They described the podcast project as a source of hope, with the potential to enable connectedness and empowerment, as inmates reflect, work as a team, and gain hope of creating awareness. Podcasts enable unique insight into the experiences of inmates. This study indicates various ways that prison podcasts are a valuable medium to foster recovery through storytelling.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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