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“Female courage” in prison literature in Malaysia and the Philippines

Abdul Manaf, Nor Faridah and Jaafar, Farizah and Ismail, Khamsiah and Hashim, Che Noraini (2016) “Female courage” in prison literature in Malaysia and the Philippines. In: 6th World Congress on Psychology and Behavioral Sciences (Management,Psychology,Political and Social Science) (WCPBS 2016), 6th-8th Sept. 2016, Barcelona ,Spain.

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Purpose: This study examines selected prison literary writings by women prisoners in Malaysia and the Philippines on “female courage” as a means to protect them against abuse.Design: This study uses qualitative approach in which content analysis of selected writings by women prisoners in Malaysia and the Philippines as well as examining literature reviews on gender and psychology of courage to help understand the use of courage in safeguarding female body and female integrity. Methods: Eight short narratives by women prisoners in Malaysia and the Philippines are analysed based on how they or their female protagonists assert their courage as a way to protect themselves against abuse. Where available, selected women prison writers are interviewed to explain further their coping mechanism and also how writing creatively has helped them remain strong and positive while waiting for their release. Findings: Findings on impact of gender and psychology of courage in prison women’s writing will help affirm that courage in women is necessary and can be taught. This will help other women to cope in the face of abuse. Conclusion: There is a need to relook at ways to instil courage in women prisoners so that their mental health is well-taken of.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Plenary Papers)
Additional Information: 784/53211
Uncontrolled Keywords: Southeast Asian women's prison literature, female courage, positive psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education > Department of Educational Psychology & Counseling
Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of English Language & Literature
Depositing User: Prof. Nor Faridah Abdul Manaf
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2016 12:36
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 14:42
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/53211

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