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Sarah Nussbaum

Doctoral Researcher, Teaching Affiliate, Faculty of Arts

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I am currently working on a PhD thesis investigating the use of musical participation as part of the rehabilitation provision in prisons. My research aims to unite scholarly research - both… read more

Current Research

I am currently working on a PhD thesis investigating the use of musical participation as part of the rehabilitation provision in prisons. My research aims to unite scholarly research - both musicological and criminological literature - with empirical research to understand more fully the ways in which music-making can be helpful for prisoners. I work in partnership with the Irene Taylor Trust 'Music in Prisons', whose work in one particular adult male prison has provided a case study for my project. Drawing from my fieldwork, which has included participation and observation, feedback questionnaires and one-to-one interviews with prisoners, my thesis will shed light on how group music sessions operate in prison, explain the ways in which music-making interacts with prison life, and suggest how and why, for some prisoners, musical participation can assist in preparations for release and help with long-term desistance from crime.

Funded by Midlands3Cities, an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, I have an inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional project. I am supervised by Prof. Robert Adlington here at the Department of Music (UoN) and Dr Kate Gooch at Birmingham Law School (University of Birmingham).

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