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This book looks deeply at women researchers’ personal stories, struggles, and successes within the context of conducting research in the male-dominated sphere of prison studies. Their insights provide an analytical resource from which readers can better understand the context of doing prison research and the theoretical and methodological challenges that come with it. Their autoethnographic stories shed light on the unique issues faced by women prison researchers and provide a roadmap for understanding the novel strategies, methodological landmines, and epistemological challenges for those who will come after them. Their experiences as women investigators are couched in a distinct set of challenges. This book is intended to highlight those researchers’ challenges and also, to celebrate their successes.

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ISBN-13: 9781793600608
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/10/2020
Pages: 222
Product dimensions: 6.42(w) x 9.48(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Jennifer A. Schlosser is assistant professor of sociology at Coastal Carolina University.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Jennifer A. Schlosser
Part I - If We Knew Then: Lessons from the Field
Chapter 1: The Endlessly Fascinating and Depressing Rabbit Hole of Prisons: Being a Woman Researching in a Man’s World, Kathryn J. Fox
Chapter 2: Reflections on Team Research in Carceral Settings, Keramet Reiter, Dallas Augustine, Melissa Barragan, Kelsie Chesnut, Gabriela Gonzalez, & Natalie Pifer
Chapter 3: A Woman’s Place: A Critical Examination of Methodological Landmines in Prison Research, Jennifer A. Schlosser
Part II - Locating Our Selves: Stories of Belonging
Chapter 4: Cloaked in Liminality: Negotiating Roles, Identity, and Emotional Labor Within and Between Prison Walls and Academia, Shenique Thomas-Davis
Chapter 5: “Just Listen, People!”: Narrative as Resistance in Criminological Research, Abigail Kolb
Part III - Blurring the Lines: Tales of Personal Connection
Chapter 6: Complicity and Compassion: Mediations on Writing and Researching with Incarcerated Women, Tobi Jacobi
Chapter 7: Empathy and Identity: Mothers Researching (Incarcerated) Mothers, Beth Easterling
Chapter 8: On the Possibilities of Emotional Praxis for Feminist Prison Research, Lindsey Raisa Feldman
Part IV - What We Know Now: Career Reflections and Looking Ahead
Chapter 9: From ‘Captive Audience’ to Cultural Penology: Reflections on a Career in Prison Research, Yvonne Jewkes
Chapter 10: Women in our own Right or ‘Honorary Men’?: Reflections on a Professional Life in Prisons Research, Alison Liebling
Chapter 11: “You’ve got a hard edge!”: The Gender Politics, Complexities and Intimacies Undertaking Prisons Research at the ‘Edge’, Kate Gooch

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