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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Stir: Poetic field works from the Distant Voices project
Author(s): Crockett Thomas, Phil
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Keywords: Law
Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
Cultural Studies
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Date Deposited: 11-Nov-2022
Citation: Crockett Thomas P (2022) Stir: Poetic field works from the Distant Voices project. <i>Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal</i>, 18 (1), pp. 40-51.
Abstract: In this brief research note I discuss and share from, Stir (2020): a collection of poems that were written while I was the research associate on the Distant Voices project based at the University of Glasgow (2017–2021). These poems reflect on my experience of doing ethnographic research in carceral spaces, and are written from the perspective of an outsider with a pass that allowed access for a limited time only. The collection is open access and available to read online. The note situates my project within the context of poetic practice in the social sciences. Inspired primarily by feminist scholarship, I also draw on actor-network theory to describe my research process as one of ‘translation’. The note also touches on historical anxieties about the legitimacy of the approach and the sociological preference for ‘found poetry’. I reflect on some ethical and creative questions that arose for me in writing poetry as social research, including representing research participants, use of pronouns and authorial voice, and emotions and research. I also discuss the affordances of working creatively with ethnographic materials, and the role of poetry in pursuing social change.
DOI Link: 10.1177/1741659020970994
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