Introduction: Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography, and Human Rights: From Lived Experience to Global Action

9 Pages Posted: 22 May 2018

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Sarah Turnbull

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Joane Martel

Université Laval - Department of Criminology

Debra L. Parkes

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Dawn Moore

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: May 21, 2018

Abstract

English abstract: This collection of essays grew out of the workshop Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography, and Human Rights: From Lived Experience to Global Action held at the International Institute for the Sociology of Law (Oñati, Spain) in June 2016. The papers explore some of the challenges and possibilities of critical prison research, ranging from issues arising in university research ethics reviews to the limitations of penal reform efforts to end the practice of solitary confinement. Each essay is embedded in a different penal context: Australia, Italy, Russia, Canada, and the United States; and each contributes to broader discussions of critical prison research, utilizing new and old methods and sources, including the ‘netnography’ of prisoner websites and the archives of anti-carceral feminist campaigners. Collectively, the essays bring new insights and methods into scholarly and activist conversations aimed at understanding and responding to the harms of incarceration.

Spanish abstract: Esta colección de ensayos se originó del seminario Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography, and Human Rights: from Lived Experience to Global Action, celebrado en el Instituto Internacional de Sociología Jurídica (Oñati, España), en junio de 2016. Los artículos analizan algunos de los desafíos y de las posibilidades de la investigación crítica penitenciaria, desde problemas relativos a la revisión ética de la investigación en universidades a las limitaciones de las reformas penales para acabar con el confinamiento aislado. Cada artículo tiene un contexto penal diferente – Australia, Italia, Rusia, Canadá y los Estados Unidos – y cada uno realiza una aportación al debate sobre la investigación crítica penitenciaria, utilizando métodos y fuentes que incluyen la netnografía de sitios web de prisioneros y los archivos de feministas anticarcelarias. Se aportan nuevos métodos y visiones a la conversación académica y activista encaminada a responder a los perjuicios del encarcelamiento.

Keywords: Human rights, incarceration, critical research, prison ethnography, critical prison studies, Derechos humanos, encarcelamiento, investigación crítica, etnografía de la prisión, estudios penitenciarios críticos

Suggested Citation

Turnbull, Sarah and Martel, Joane and Parkes, Debra L. and Moore, Dawn, Introduction: Critical Prison Studies, Carceral Ethnography, and Human Rights: From Lived Experience to Global Action (May 21, 2018). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3182310

Sarah Turnbull (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )

Manor Road Building
Manor Road
Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

Joane Martel

Université Laval - Department of Criminology

2214 Pavillon J-A. DeSeve
Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Canada

Debra L. Parkes

Peter A. Allard School of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

Dawn Moore

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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