'I urge you to hear me': Changing prison education for the better

Vicky Butterby, Claire Collins, David Powell

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There is a tradition of prisoners writing letters. It remains an important part of prison culture and is one way for prisoners to communicate their experiences of being imprisoned, presenting their ideas, concerns, fears, and hopes. Our chapter seeks to add to this tradition by conjuring two new prison letters about prison education: the prisoner Caliban’s letter to Prospero, his jailer, and Prospero’s reply. Then we employ the theory of practice architectures (Kemmis et al., 2014b) to illuminate the messages raised within them. We conclude by arguing that if we want to reimagine and change prison education for the better, we could start with a sincere, genuine and democratic ‘conversation’ (Kemmis et al., 2014a: 149) with prisoners about their hopes for a better life upon release.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCaliban's Dance
Subtitle of host publicationFE after The Tempest
EditorsMaire Daley, Kevin Orr, Joel Petrie
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTrentham Books
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781858569253, 9781858569260, 9781858569277
ISBN (Print)9781858569246
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2020


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