Athabasca’s Going Unmanned

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Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 24, 2012 - Education - 179 pages
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Athabasca’s Going Unmanned is set in a youth offender jail in Alberta, Canada and tells the story of three incarcerated youth and the corrections staff who work with them. The story centres on an escape plot hatched by the inmates and ultimately examines the needs of incarcerated youth and the prospects for offering them programming with transformative potential. Based on extensive research with “at-risk” youth and incarcerated youth, the play addresses a range of real-world issues with sociological, criminal justice, policy and educational implications. Moreover, issues of race and ethnicity feature prominently. The play raises many challenging issues at the level of fantasy and imagination in order to draw attention to and elicit discussion around these controversial issues. As a means of disseminating the research, ethnodrama aims to engage a more diverse audience and engender empathic understandings of the experiences of incarcerated youth leading to more constructive attitudes regarding their needs, with the potential for radically re-envisioning social relations. The book is an ideal supplemental text for courses in education, sociology, criminology/ criminal justice, theatre arts and arts-based research. The fictionalized format invites readers to engage with complex questions without relying on an “authoritative” text that closes off meaning-making. Rather, readers are invited into the meaning-making process as they engage with the play and its alternative endings. Diane Conrad is Associate Professor of Drama/Theatre Education in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. The research upon which the play is based, in 2006, was awarded the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aurora Prize recognizing a new researcher building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities.
 

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Contents

PROLOGUE
2
ACT ONE SCENE 1 THE ESCAPE
5
SCENE 2 NEW PROGRAM DIRECTOR
8
SCENE 3 VAL MEETS THE BOYS
11
SCENE 4 VAL RANDY
19
SCENE 5 DREAMCATCHERS
27
SCENE 6 THE CRASH
31
SCENE 7 STANS COMIC
32
SCENE 18 WESLEYS MADNESS
102
ACT TWO SCENE 19 THE TAKEDOWN
106
SCENE 20 VALS CUT
109
SCENE 21 RANDYS BIRTHDAY
114
SCENE 22 JIMS REPRIMAND
118
SCENE 23 THE REJECTION
122
SCENE 24 GETAWAY CAR
124
SCENE 25 RANDYS DREAM
130

SCENE 8 JIMS WARNING
39
SCENE 9 ESCAPE PLOT INCEPTION
44
SCENE 10 RANDYS ROOMMATE
52
SCENE 11 ALTERNATIVES
56
SCENE 12 THE BETRAYAL
61
SCENE 13 AMYS RELEASE
64
SCENE 14 COMMODIFYING CULTURE
68
SCENE 15 RANDYS GIFT
75
SCENE 16 EILEENS TEACHINGS
80
SCENE 17 PERFORMING ESCAPE
86
SCENE 26 BUILDING TRUST
133
SCENE 27 DENIAL
139
SCENE 28 THE SCANDAL
144
SCENE 29 JIMS ACCUSATION
145
SCENE 30 THE RIGHT THING PERFORMING ESCAPE VI ESCAPING THE ESCAPE PLAN
153
SCENE 31 INDIAN REBELLION PERFORMING ESCAPE V ESCAPING COLONIALISM
166
SCENE 32 RANDYS REQUEST
172
EPILOGUE
178
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