From the Field is Border Criminologies new ‘mini-post’ series featuring news from researchers currently in the field. In the third instalment, Border Criminologies researcher Ines Hasselberg provides an update on her current fieldwork.
I found out very quickly that how prisoners engage with me dictates how my time in prison is spent. But whether I am conducting interviews, chatting around or just observing prisoners going about with their daily routines, my visits to prison are not just opportunities to gather data. As with most ethnographic field research, they are occasions where I have to deal with, and reflect on, matters of methods, embodiment, language and emotional engagement. Issues that I hope to write about soon.
In the meantime, if you have an interest in these issues check out Thomas Ugelvik's recent post here at Border Criminologies, and the programme for our upcoming seminar Punishment, Citizenship and Identity: Reflections on Foreign National Prisoners.
See also other mini-posts from the series From the Field: