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NCJ Number: 230054 Find in a Library
Title: Reading Difference Differently?: Identity, Epistemology and Prison Ethnography
Journal: British Journal of Criminology  Volume:50  Issue:2  Dated:March 2010  Pages:360-378
Author(s): Coretta Phillips; Rod Earle
Date Published: March 2010
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
Swindon SN2 1UJ,
Grant Number: RES-148-25-0053
Publisher: http://www.oup.com 
Type: Case Study; Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: 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.
Abstract: 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. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Corrections research
Index Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries; Ethnicity; Gender issues; Male offenders; Prison conditions; Race; Researcher subject relations; Self concept; Social classes; Social conditions
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