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Fieldwork, Biography and Emotion: doing criminological autoethnography

Wakeman, S (2014) Fieldwork, Biography and Emotion: doing criminological autoethnography. The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society, 54 (5). pp. 705-721. ISSN 1464-3529

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This article presents an introductory yet critical overview of autoethnographic research in criminological contexts. Drawing on experiences of participant observation with heroin and crack cocaine users and dealers, as a former user and dealer of these drugs myself, the article demonstrates how the domains of fieldwork, biography and the emotions intersect to render clear a progressive account of heroin addiction. However, this is offset against some negative occurrences directly reducible to doing ethnography where biographical congruence exists between the researcher and the researched. Ultimately, it is argued here that an increased consideration of the self—biographically and emotionally—both permits and facilitates the presentation of analytic yet stylized data in the form of what is termed below, ‘lyrical criminology’.

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Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in The British Journal of Criminology: an international review of crime and society following peer review. The version of record Br J Criminol (2014) 54 (5): 705-721 is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu039
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1602 Criminology, 1801 Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 12:26
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 13:05
DOI or ID number: 10.1093/bjc/azu039
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3380
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