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Missing data and socio-political death: the sociological imagination beyond the crime

Rogers, Chrissie (2019) Missing data and socio-political death: the sociological imagination beyond the crime. In: Parsons, Julie M. and Chappell, Anne, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Auto/Biography. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 609-631. ISBN 978-3-030-31973-1. E-ISBN 978-3-030-31974-8. (doi:10.1007/978-3-030-31974-8_26) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:79823)

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Abstract

This chapter takes a sociological and auto/biographical approach to describe and explain the very beginnings of a challenging research process. Yet substantively this chapter discusses and reflects upon missing data and at its core, silencing the silenced. Here missing data equates to the socio-political death of marginalised and oppressed people. That is, marginalised and oppressed people, (e.g. prisoners and their families, intellectually and physically disabled people, autists, people with mental health conditions), are silenced due to researchers having limited access to them, a disabling condition, participant scepticism about ‘powerful’ others, personal biographical trauma, and institutional practices, such as, governing and punitive research excellence frameworks, restrictive ethical procedures and a disdain for creative methods. Essentially people go missing, ‘communities’ and groups die a slow socio-political death and institutions such as legal structures and procedures, schools and universities stay alive, albeit like machines all producing ‘cheerful’ robots. I propose however, via a sociological imagination, we enable ‘speaking’ auto/biographically, draw out creativity and utilise literature, the Arts and comedy, then perhaps we might rouse resistance and socio-political living for oppressed and marginalised people, and sociologists and criminologists committed to social justice.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-31974-8_26
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Care-less Spaces: Prisoners with learning difficulties and their families
Uncontrolled keywords: Autism/Autistic, Auto/biography, Autoethnography, Care ethics model, Criminal justice, Disability, Feminist(s), Fieldnotes, Learning disability, Missing data, Normalisation/Normalcy, Reflexivity, Social justice, Sociological imagination, Socio-political death, Stigma/Stigmatisation, Story-telling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV1568 Disability studies
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare > HV3008 People with mental disabilities
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Chrissie Rogers
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2020 15:07 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:11 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79823 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Rogers, Chrissie: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7326-9260
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