Entering the Global Field: Talk, Travel and Narrative Practice in Ecuadorian Prisons

Fleetwood, J. 2016. Entering the Global Field: Talk, Travel and Narrative Practice in Ecuadorian Prisons. British Journal of Community Justice, 14(2), pp. 13-32. ISSN 1475-0279 [Article]

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Prisons in Ecuador represent a globalised field. In this fieldwork confessional I outline my place within this field (characterised by global inequalities), and describe the ways in which I gained entry to the community of foreign nationals. In particular, I focus on the construction of being foreign as a specific membership category, as well as the role of narrative and storytelling in bridging international and social divides, fostering a shared sense of community, and the role of visitors as listeners for inmates' stories. This narrative practice made researching drug trafficking possible, however such stories require careful interpretation to avoid misinterpretation.

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Narrative; fieldwork; methodology; prisons; globalisation

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Sociology > Unit for Global Justice (UGJ)


25 October 2016Published
1 November 2016Accepted

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08 Aug 2017 15:09

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29 Apr 2020 16:28

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