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Reading difference differently?: identity, epistemology and prison ethnography

Phillips, Coretta and Earle, Rod (2010) Reading difference differently?: identity, epistemology and prison ethnography. British Journal of Criminology, 50 (2). pp. 360-378. ISSN 0007-0955

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Abstract

Prison ethnographers have tended to downplay the epistemological and methodological dilemmas relating to identity and positionality, which have been more commonly rehearsed in anthropological and sociological ethnographies. This paper explores these issues through a reflexive interrogation of a study of prisoner identities and social relations in two male prisons, with a particular focus on race/ethnicity, class and gender. Drawing from interactions with two prisoners as case studies, it applies Walkerdine et al.’s (2001) psycho-social analytical frame to illustrate how the subjectivities and biographies of researchers are implicated in the dynamics of prison research encounters and analysis. In doing so, it considers the epistemological implications of reflexive practice for interpreting the prison field.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://bjc.oxfordjournals.org/
Additional Information: © 2010 The authors
Library of Congress subject classification: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 28 May 2010 10:18
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28136/

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