Going in green : reflections on the challenges of ‘getting in, getting on, and getting out’ for doctoral prisons researchers

SLOAN, Jennifer and WRIGHT, Serena (2015). Going in green : reflections on the challenges of ‘getting in, getting on, and getting out’ for doctoral prisons researchers. In: DRAKE, Deborah, EARLE, Rod and SLOAN, Jennifer, (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography. Macmillan Studies in Prisons and Penology . Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

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Abstract

This chapter engages with the lived emotions and experiences of ’going in green’ to prisons research – the experience of novice prison researchers. Both authors undertook prisons research as part of the PhD process. The chapter details the authors’ positive experiences of prisons research, as well as utilising some of the problems experienced as parables designed to help the first-time prisons researcher expect the unexpected. It offers instructional tips on gaining access, on conducting oneself in the prison environment during the research process, and on ‘getting out’ when the time comes to leave the field behind. Finally, the chapter also draws on the advice and guidance of experienced prisons researchers, to guide neophytes in ‘getting in, getting on, and getting out’ of prison-based research.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Law and Criminology Research Group
Depositing User: Jennifer Sloan
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2015 10:22
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2015 10:22
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10269

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