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Prison ethnography at the threshold of race, reflexivity and difference

Earle, Rod and Phillips, Coretta (2015) Prison ethnography at the threshold of race, reflexivity and difference. In: Drake, Deborah H., Earle, Rod and Sloan, Jennifer, (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography. Palgrave studies in prisons and penology. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 230-251. ISBN 9781137403889

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Abstract

This chapter considers the racialised dynamics of ethnographic research in two men's prisons in South East England. From the early scene-setting descriptions and evocations of life in a young offenders' institution and a Category C prison, to the more sustained period of immersion in everyday life inside, the unfolding research process revealed insights into the vertical (prison officer-prisoner) and horizontal (prisoner-prisoner) race and social relations in the prison field. The 'characters' of Abbott, Switch, Warwick, Jonathan and others, emerged in rounded form only through an ethnographic approach that combined processes of observation, interaction and interview. Accessed reflexively through the lens of our own diverse biographical identities, we illustrate, using several examples, the realities and multiple dimensions of contemporary racisms and how these coincide with vibrant postcolonial convivialities.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.palgrave.com/
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 10:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 23:15
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62770

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