Researching Complexity: Social Domains and Emotion in Prison Research

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2014

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  1. Researching Complexity: Social Domains and Emotion in Prison Research- This paper reflects on research which examined the impact of in-cell television on social relations in prison life in one closed male adult prison. An ethnographic research strategy was adopted and was directly informed by Layder’s (2005) theory of ‘domains’ and his ‘adaptive’ approach was used to interrogate the data from interviews and from diaries. Data collection was carried out using two methods: semi-structured interviews with nineteen prisoners and nine staff, and nine structured diaries completed by prisoners. This paper reflects on the value of Layder’s model for empirical exploration of emotions that appear in research. It will interrogate how domain theory and the adaptive approach can provide a valuable framework to develop conceptual links between the self, emotion and settings. Session: Researching Emotions Empirically

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prison, television, emotion, qualitative research, domain theory, adaptive approach

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Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice