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Locked up and down: incarceration, care, and art in a pandemic

Greene, A.‐m. ORCID:, Dean, D., Bartley, S. and McAvinchey, C. (2022) Locked up and down: incarceration, care, and art in a pandemic. Gender, Work & Organization, 29 (4). pp. 1346-1359. ISSN 1468-0432

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There has been recent criticism of the lack of care in the UK economy, especially during the COVID‐19 pandemic, which has exacerbated inequality and disadvantage faced by those most vulnerable in society. This article focuses on the importance of care in the practices of Clean Break—an internationally recognized theater, education, and advocacy organization that puts the stories of women with experience of the criminal justice system center stage. Drawing centrally on the work of Joan Tronto and Berenice Fisher, we argue that Clean Break's pandemic activities, that is in crisis, have a deep connection to the central place of care within its practices since its inception. We extend the care ethic concept to specifically include art as a form of care. Using textual analysis of the play, Shower Scene, developed in the Clean Break 2 Metres Apart pandemic‐response program, we argue that Clean Break offers an example of what care can and does entail in practice, with positive impacts for its stakeholders.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Film, Theatre & Television
ID Code:102331
Uncontrolled Keywords:ORIGINAL ARTICLE, care, pandemic, performance, prison, theater


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