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Black masculinity is governed by a narrow set of negative stereotypes with little opportunity for Black men to construct their own identity. However, a theme in the literature is that Black masculinity designates an epitome of masculinity that is both feared and revered in equal measure (Clennon, 2013). Drawing on interview and observational data from a study examining the views and experiences of Black male prisoners participating in a faith-based prison intervention, this chapter shows how factors such as ‘race’, ethnicity, gender and religious beliefs intersect and are implicated in how Black men constructed their masculine identities. It highlights the importance of creating a humanising space within prison for Black men identified as ‘high risk’ to engage in critical reflection, self-healing, spiritual, emotional and physical well-being and self- awareness and to consider the valuable contributions they could make to others (family, friends, community). This process of reasoning within this humanising space allowed the men to discuss and perform 'what it means to be men' informed by their roles as father, sons and brothers, carers, workers and partners. They spoke openly spoke about their failures, aspirations, hopes and emotions. The programme facilitated a representation of Black masculinity that is either ignored or rendered invisible by the dominant discourses. The space for 'real talk' allowed the men to move beyond the stereotypes that imprison them and freedom to construct their own identities individually and communally.
|Title of host publication||New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities|
|Editors||Matthew Maycock, Kate Hunt|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2018|
|Name||Palgrave Studies in Prison and Penology|
- Black men
- Faith based prison intervention
Hear Our Voices: We're More than the Hyper-Masculine Lable: Reasonings of Black Men Participating in a Faith-Based ProgrammeBrown, G. & Grant, P., Mar 2018, New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities. Maycock, M. & Hunt, K. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave, p. 145-169 24 p. (Palgrave Studies in Prison and Penology).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
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Hear our voices: Exploring how Bringing Hope's Damascus Road Second Chance Prison and Community Programme support Black men in prison and the communityBrown, G., Bos, E. & Brady, G., Oct 2016, Coventry University : Coventry University. 35 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Brown, G., & Grant, P. (2018). Hear Our Voices: We're More than the Hyper-Masculine Lable: Reasonings of Black Men Participating in a Faith-Based Programme. In M. Maycock, & K. Hunt (Eds.), New Perspectives on Prison Masculinities (pp. 145-169). (Palgrave Studies in Prison and Penology). Cham: Palgrave. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-65654-0_7