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Actor-Directors: The Working Lives of Prison Governors

FAULKNER, HILARY,MARY (2011) Actor-Directors: The Working Lives of Prison Governors. Doctoral thesis, Durham University.

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Prison Governors are both actors and directors within the Prison Service. They fulfil key roles at the boundaries of individual prisons and the wider contexts: organisational, social and political, within which prisons function. In this thesis I study aspects of the working lives of nine Governing Governors of public sector prisons in England and Wales from a performative, role-playing perspective. In addition to this I utilise two recently developed models to provide frameworks for examining two key areas of Governors’ roles: those of leadership and of well-being.
I use literary collage and imaginative writing to present and interpret interview material together with self interviews and reflection on my experiences as a Ph.D. researcher, enabling me to show how my research developed and how I have developed as a researcher.
In concluding my thesis I make a number of recommendations in the areas of leadership learning, well-being, further research and research methodology.

Item Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Award:Doctor of Philosophy
Keywords:"prison governors," "employee wellbeing," "leadership," "performative," "reflective,"
Faculty and Department:Faculty of Social Sciences and Health > Applied Social Sciences, School of
Thesis Date:2011
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:03 Aug 2011 15:43

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