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Knowing and Not-Knowing: I-poems and Dialogue as a Decarceral Feminist Methodology

Seoighe, Rachel and Guest, Carly (2023) Knowing and Not-Knowing: I-poems and Dialogue as a Decarceral Feminist Methodology. In: Research Handbook on Law, Movements and Social Change. Edward Elgar, United Kingdom, pp. 372-390. ISBN 978-1-78990-766-7. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:97422)

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Here we explore positionality and ethics in prison research, reflecting on our work on the closure of Holloway Prison, a women’s prison in North London, UK. We consider what it means to enter the prison archive, held at Islington Museum, London, and engage with prison artefacts, as women who have not ourselves experienced imprisonment. Through poetry and autoethnographic conversations, we trace our emotional and affective responses to the archive, asking what these reveal about our relationship to the prison. In particular, we want to hold on to knowing and not-knowing as an ethical position, to acknowledge our distance from the experience of imprisonment, and to interrogate moments that feel familiar to us. In using a range of creative research and dissemination methods, we hope to not only explore and interrogate our own relationship to the prison, but to also invite others too look differently and generate ‘abolitionist affect’ when engaging with narratives and artefacts of imprisonment. We aim to contribute to the abolitionist project by analysing the prison through emotional and affective responses that have potential to unsettle its naturalisation

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1236 Women and the state. Women's rights. Women's political activity
K Law
K Law > KD England and Wales
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Rachel Seoighe
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 13:38 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2023 15:24 UTC
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