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Collecting Data at the Scene of the Crime: reflecting on and writing about criminalized subcultural lives

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Collecting qualitative data on crime-related activities and perspectives takes more than keen observation and analysis. In this seminar, I argue for increased reliance on two methodological approaches, one that places the individual researcher at the center of action and reflection, known as “autoethnography,” and the other that prioritizes real world interactions and locations as the context in which interviews and observations should be conducted, or what I call “place-based elicitation.” As part of a discussion about each method – their histories, usage, ethics, limitations, etc. – we will discuss issues related to reliability, access and status, and the writing process involved in translating real-world data and placing onto the page. This discussion will touch on issues of subcultural activity, gang and graffiti writer identity, uses of public space in the context of neighborhood change, and policing

This talk is part of the The Cambridge Network for Participatory and Collaborative Research Methods series.

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