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Performing the role of ethnographer: processing and managing the emotional dimensions of prison research

Drake, Deborah and Harvey, Joel (2014). Performing the role of ethnographer: processing and managing the emotional dimensions of prison research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 17(5) pp. 489–501.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1080/13645579.2013.769702
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Abstract

This article presents a reflective account of the emotional dimensions of in-depth field research in prisons. Drawing on the work of Goffman to make sense of ethnographic processes and techniques, it is argued that performance and impression management play crucial roles in the research process. However, it is suggested that there are commensurate emotional costs associated with the roles and identities that ethnographers might enact in the field. It is argued that the finer details of ethnographic practice can be better understood when the emotional dimensions of research experiences are carefully analysed and processed.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1464-5300
Keywords: ethnography; emotion-as-data; methodology; epistemology; prisons
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 36717
Depositing User: Deborah Drake
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2013 09:21
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:26
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36717
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