Prison(er) Auto/biography, 'True Crime', and Teaching, Learning, and Research in Criminology

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Melissa Dearey University of Hull m.dearey@hull.ac.uk

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Bethanie Petty University of Hull

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Brett Thompson University of Hull

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Clinton R. Lear University of Hull

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Stephanie Gadsby University of Hull

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Donna Gibbs University of Hull

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The main aim of this essay is to explore prisoner life writing within the specific, richly and multiply dependent context of teaching and learning undergraduate criminology at an English university, from the authorial viewpoint of a teacher and her students as budding criminologists and coauthors. This article seeks to redress a continuing resistance to life history approaches in criminology, despite the discipline being formally devoted to the understanding of the meaning and experience of imprisonment in all its forms and consequences. What follows is a reflection on what students had to say on the fascinating subject of prisoner auto/biography and its place in popular and expert discourses on crime, criminality, and punishment, contextualised within the academic discipline of criminology.

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