Men researching men in prison: the challenges for profeminist research

COWBURN, M. (2007). Men researching men in prison: the challenges for profeminist research. Howard journal of criminal justice, 46 (3), 276-288.


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This article addresses epistemological and practical issues in conducting research in male prisons from a profeminist standpoint. It considers the role of the male researcher in engaging with prison masculinities and a sexist prison culture. It gives examples of difficulties in managing the profeminist research role in the wider prison and it highlights difficulties that may occur within in interviews. Adapting Goffman’s (1970) strategies for inmate survival it concludes that the most appropriate researcher strategy for not compromising the standpoint of the study and yet sustaining a project in prison may be for the researcher to (reflectively) ‘play it cool’ (Goffman 1970, p.64).

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Hallam Centre for Community Justice
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Page Range: 276-288
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:18

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